The science of chiropractic shows us that spinal misalignments, called subluxations, alter the function of both the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) as well as the peripheral nervous system (the nerves that exit from the spine and go out to all the organs, muscles, tissues, and cells of the body). Misalignments in the spine stress the muscles, cause swelling, and put pressure on nerves causing pain and malfunction. Chiropractic adjustments correct subluxations and restore normal function of the nervous system. For those who love to get geeky about science--joints contain the highest number of mechanoreceptors in the entire human body. Mechanoreceptors tell the body where is in in space (proprioception). When joints become partially or fully stuck (subluxated or fully luxated) the body stops receiving signals from the joint and this reduces the frequency of firing in the neurons of the brain. This literally powers down your brain in various areas and entire pathways begin to malfunction. As a result the brain starts sending faulty signals back down to the body and the organs and tissues begin to suffer as a result.
The art of chiropractic is the work of locating a subluxation and the act of adjusting it by hand. Dr. Meltvedt practices a chiropractic technique called Gonstead Chiropractic. This technique is the most specific full spine adjusting technique that has ever been developed. The position and range of motion in each vertebrae is carefully assessed so that very specific adjustments can be delivered to realign your spine. An adjustment is a gentle push or thrust that moves the vertebrae back into proper position.
The philosophy of chiropractic centers around what it means to have a misalignment, or subluxation. The word subluxation literally translates to "less light." The nervous system is the body's electrical system. In fact it's not kind of like electricity... it's exactly like electricity! What happens when we lose electricity? We cannot turn on the lights or use any electrical appliances. Having a subluxation in your body means than a nerve coming out of your spine has lost some of its electrical power. It's like hitting the dimmer switch on a light bulb. It still provides some light, but it has lost full power. That means that all the muscles, organs tissues, and cells that use the nerves to communicate back and forth with the brain, have lost partial power. Over time this reduces the health of the body and you begin to experience dis-ease. Seeing a chiropractor who specializes in identifying and correcting subluxations allows your body to restore itself to full power so that you experience ease within your system.
What can adjustments help with?
- neck pain
- extremity pain
- muscle weakness
- insomnia/sleep difficulties
- back pain
- difficulty conceiving/maintaining a pregnancy
- easier birth
- immune function
What about kids and babies?
So glad you asked! Everyone who has a spine, benefits from chiropractic care! Adjusting kids and babies is much different than adjusting adults. It's much gentler and to give you an example, when Dr. Meltvedt adjusts a newborn baby, she uses the same amount of pressure that you would use to touch your eyeball, to adjust a baby's vertebrae. And with babies there is no thrusting, bones are just nudged back into place. Proper spinal alignment in kids and babies affects healthy development and gives them the greatest start in life. The most important thing to consider is that it is much easier to grow healthy kids than it is to fix broken adults!
chiropractic for babies helps with:
chiropractic for kids helps with:
- growing pains
- back and neck pain