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What Is Chiropractic?
This seems like a very simple question. Unfortunately, even
many chiropractic patients have no strong idea what chiropractic is and
North Americans who have never been to a chiropractor are certainly
misinformed as to the make up of the profession.
My name is Dr. Bryan Brodeur. I have been a chiropractor
since 1997 and I run a very successful clinic in St. Albert, Alberta,
Canada. A key feature in my success is my ability to explain thoroughly what
my profession is about and what our focus in treating spinal problems is. I
believe that both chiropractic therapy and home exercise systems are key to
desirable changes in you spinal hygiene.
So, take a seat and spend the next five minutes with me. I
promise you an impactful learning experience and a more profound
understanding of your body.
The human spine thrives on proper mechanics. Each spinal bone
and the cartilaginous discs in between rely heavily on properly positioned
as well as fully moving spinal segments. Try to imagine a high rise with one
of the central floors positioned about a hundred feet to the left, and you
have an idea on the importance of integrity to the spine. The bones which
make up the spinal column are called vertebrae, and the cartilaginous (made
of cartilage) structures between each vertebra are called the discs. There
are also smaller cartilaginous structures at the back of each
inter-vertebral joint called facets; they are smaller, but they are just as
important as the discs in the front. Sounds pretty simple, doesn’t it?
Well, problems can start very easily. The spine is the centre
of your body, as you well know, and balancing the feats that our bodies are
put through can be very hard for it. When you hold you’re arm out as far to
the side as possible and put a ten pound weight in that arm, it’s the facet
and disc structures of the neck and shoulder area that take the brunt of
that load. When you perform a task, any task, repeatedly and regularly, your
whittle away at the integrity of the cartilage between your bones and you
stretch, tear, and scar the muscles and other tissues which guide your
All of these, unfortunately, lead to improper motion patterns
within your spine. Improper motion patterns, fixations, and immobile
segments within the spine are referred to as subluxated regions by
chiropractors. Spinal degeneration and decay are the well known product of
these ‘vertebral subluxations.’ A vertebral subluxation is not a tumour or a
disease; it is a behaviour pattern of certain vertebral regions. Evidence of
these improperly functioning regions can be seen on x-rays by you
chiropractor and are referred to as degenerative regions. If you have ever
reviewed your x-rays with a physician and been told that you have arthritis,
a chiropractor may see the arthritis in your spine as a result of aberrant
function in the region.
What a chiropractor will do is to discover which regions of
your spine are functioning improperly and restore proper function to that
area. Proper function does not last long. This is why many people say, ‘once
you go to a chiropractor, you just keep having to go back.’ Once a person
accomplishes any physical goal, focus and determination and ritual are
required to maintain that goal. Only this physical goal is not maintaining a
six-pack for an abdomen. This goal is about maintaining the structures which
house and support your nervous system.
The arthritis known as degenerative arthritis is the type
whose causes are addressed by chiropractors. This degenerative arthritic
process is also behind degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis, and other
conditions of spinal decay. Constant, repetitive focus can reverse this
Most chiropractic patients receive pain relief within a few
weeks and visible positive changes on x-rays can take a year or more of
regular therapy. While this second goal can seem a long, expensive battle,
it is well worth the time and money. In terms of health care dollars, you
are saving significantly on prescription drugs, time off work, and the need
for surgery if the condition continues unchecked.
What is great about reducing these chronic detrimental
patterns on top of relief from suffering is that other chronic symptoms
commonly associated with ‘old age’ are also being beaten. Improper neural
function, like the sort associated with herniated disc type symptoms and
‘sciatica’ are an example of this. Restoring proper function to the spine
can reduce these symptoms.
The nervous system is very subtle in its changes, and having
full spinal hygiene can restore an aching body to a youthful lifestyle. New
energy, new mobility and strength are the first signs of new life in my
patients. I cannot tell you how incredible this is for long time back pain
But on top of chiropractic therapy, I firmly believe in the
necessity of a ritual to strengthen, decompress, and stabilize your spine.
These simple steps by themselves have the power to end the pain and
suffering associated with low back pain. I have a downloadable home ritual
that every individual who is serious about combating his or her back pain
needs to read, memorize, and commit to. It’s available at
www.vitalityhouse.com and each work through of this system is a powerful
pain source of pain reduction and improved spinal hygiene.
I hope I have answered you questions on chiropractic and it’s
focus in treating patients. I hope that you have a better understanding, but
if you have any more questions, do not hesitate to contact me at any time at
firstname.lastname@example.org and I will take the time to answer every one
of your questions on back pain, chiropractic, and developing a home ritual
for back pain.
Dr Bryan Brodeur is a Chiropractor in St. Albert, Alberta,
Canada. He is a regular speaker in health talks throughout Alberta and the
www.vitalityhouse.com, a web-based source of info on home rituals for