History of Chiropractic
The first recorded Chiropractic adjustment was performed on September 1895, by Dr. Daniel Palmer, a Canadian-born teacher and healer. Palmer was, at the time, studying the cause and effect of disease. His patient was Harvey Lillard, a janitor working in the same building as Dr. Palmer in Davenport, Iowa. Mr. Lillard, who had complailned of hearing problems over 17 years, allowed Dr. Palmer to examine his spine. Dr. Palmer discovered a "lump" on Mr. Lillard's back, and suspected that a vertebra might be out of alignment. He carefully repositioned the vertebra with a gentle thrust. After several of the same type treatments, much of Mr. Lillard's hearing was was restored! Since Dr. Palmer's first chiropractic adjustment, the art and science of chiropractic has progressed significantly. Today, advanced diagnostic procedures, sophisticated equipment, scientific research, and the growing acceptance among health care professionals makes chiropractic a popular health choice.
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a system of healing based on the theory that diseas in the human body results from a lack of normal nerve function. Chiropractors are concerned with the relationship between the musculoskeletal structures and functions of the body and nervous system in the restoration and maintenance of health. The nervous system is the communication link for your whole body-the brain, muscles, organs, and glands. When one or more vertebra are misaligned (subluxated), pressure is placed on the nerve and messages to the body are garbled and confused. The job of the Chiropractor is to locate and correct those misalignments, relieving the nerve interference (pressure), thereby allowing your body to function properly.
The Chiropractic perspective on health and disease emphasizes two fundamental concepts:
|The structure and condition of the body infuences how the body functions and its ability to heal itself.|
|The mind and body relationship is instrumental in maintaining health and the healing process.|
ABC of Subluxations:
Vertebral subluxations are displacements of the spine (vertebrae) and can cause stress on yourspinal cord and nervous system. Subluxations may be caused by poor sleeping habits, poor posture, strenuous exercise, injuries, auto accidents, sports, slips or falls, and in some cases the birthing process itself. Chiropractic adjustments are very helpful in correcting subluxations and restoring optimal health.
Why Choose Chiropractic Care?
When people don't feel well, have a sore throat, temperature, or severe injury, they generally go see their family physician. Depending on the situation, they may require hospitalization for tests or surgery, or they may simply be provided with a prescription for antibiotics or pain relief. The physician treats the patien's symptoms-sometimes correcting a problem, such as setting a bone, or prescribing a pill to relieve muscle pain or headache.
Chiropractors on the other hand, work to help your body do what it was made to do- heal itself. Many of the symptoms people experience- stiff necks, sore backs, tingling or numbness in feet and hands-are direct result of nerve interference. When the vertebrae in your spine are out of alignment, they put pressure on the nerves located in and protected by the spinal column. This misalignment is known as subluxation.
Studies have shown that Chiropractic is not only safe, it helps people return to work more quickly than other methods. Rather than simply treating the symptoms (and masking the pain). Chiropractic works to locate the cause of your problem and then correct it, to eliminate the nerve pressure that creates the pain.
Who Uses Chiropractic?
People of all ages benefit from Chiropractic adjustments-from newborn, to young children, teenagers-all the way to senior citizens. Subluxations (spinal misalignment) are caused by many different things, including stress, falls, over-exertion, motor vehicle accidents,repetitive motion, sports injuries, and more. Any time someone experiences pain, it may be an indicator that they have a spinal misalignment.
When is Chiropractic Recommended?
Most people think of Chiropractors when they experience low-back pain. However, Chiropractors adjust all areas of the spine and joints. Any time a person experiences a taumatic injury to their body, caused by poor lifting methods, a fall or slip, over-exertion, motor vehicle accident, or a sports injury, they should visit the Chiropractor to assure their spine has not been moved out of it's proper alignment.
Consider how many times a child falls while they are learning to walk, or as they get older and play hard (riding bikes and skateboards, climbing trees, playing soccer, basketball, or football). Yes, children are pretty resilient, but an injury suffered at an early age can come back to haunt you later in life. It is best to maintain your good health through Chiropractic adjustments right from the start.
Young adults generally have very active lifestyles, but their diets and the amount of stress in their lives may take a toll on their overall health. Chiropractic can help relieve them from the effects of stress. Exercises may be recommended to stretch and strengthen muscle groups to maintain proper alignment of the spine.
As people age, their lifestyle may become more sedentary. Prolonged sitting and less exercise puts a different type of stress on the spine. Dietary changes may affect bone strength and learning how to replenish lost nutrients may help prevent disease or injury. Maintaining spinal alignment, and exercising can reduce the possibility of injury from falls.
Once You Have Chosen To Come To Us:
At The Alternative Healing Center, we are more than just spinal adjustments. We look at your TOTAL health needs.
What you can expect:
Initial Consultation: The most important question for Dr.Newby to answer is whether or not you need Chiropractic care. He will completely understand your health condition. He will ask you questions related to your condition and how it started, what makes your symptoms better or worse, the severity of your symptoms, how long you have had them and other related health conditions.
Physical Examination: The physical examination will follow your consulation. This may or may not lead to services such as x-rays. After ruling out conditions that require immediate medical referral, Dr. Newby will perform an evaluation of your neuromusculoskeletal system which means your nerves, muscles, and bones.
Report of Findings: After you have completed your examination, an assessment of your condition will be given. Dr. Newby will discuss your diagnosis, treatment and number of recommended visits.