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Chiropractic Care 101

In our last post, we talked about 3 common health and wellness or holistic health myths and the science behind them. Today, I want to talk about a specific myth that will likely catch a large majority of us off guard. Let’s talk about what people think chiropractic care does, what it actually does, what the benefits of chiropractic care are, and what makes Doctor Seth’s practice different. 

Let’s start with what people think chiropractic care does. 

If you asked any random stranger on the street, every person would have a different answer.  Some would likely even say chiropractors make you feel better by aligning your body. They make you sound like Rice Krispies (you know the snap, crackle, pop) and boom you walk out feeling like a new person, all re-aligned. Here is a list of the common benefits people give: 

  • I started having less frequent headaches
  • It helped my pain (lower back, neck, or sciatic)
  • I started feeling less stressed 
  • I started getting sick less frequently 
  • I started sleeping better
  • I started feeling happier 

Most people with smart sounding answers will then go on to tell you some sort of testimonial. It will probably sound something like this. “I started going for blank reason and after my first visit I felt amazing! However, a little while later I started feel the pain again so I started going back. I’ve gone (weekly or bi-weekly) for the past x amount of years! Let me give you their number, you would love them.”

The bottom line is that people think chiropractic care is the magic one stop shop to feeling good! Inherently, they aren’t wrong, however, not all chiropractic care is the same. 

So, let’s talk about what the different types of chiropractic care actually do. 

Before we can talk about what chiropractic care does, we need to first redefine the way you think and talk chiropractic. The chiropractic care I was referring to in the previous section is your average, typical, standard, round of the mill chiropractic adjustment, it’s science-y name is spinal manipulation therapy. 

This type of chiropractic care focuses on catering to the receptors in joints. There are two types of receptors in the joints in your spine. You have a movement receptor (mechanoreceptor) and a chemical/pain receptor (nociceptor) that communicate with the brain through the spinal cord. When abnormal movement exists in the spine due to poor posture or trauma the movement receptor gets inhibited (or, shut down) while the pain receptors are stimulated. The traditional chiropractic adjustment will basically reset these receptors thus making a person feel better.

The other system that the standard chiropractic adjustment can influence is the sympathetic nervous system. What’s that you may be wondering? Great question. Our body has two functional systems. The sympathetic system and the parasympathetic system. 

  • The sympathetic system is responsible for our fight or fly response. It’s stimulated by fear, stress, working out, anything that causes our sense to come alive is a direct input to our sympathetic system. 
  • Our parasympathetic system is responsible for our rest and digest functions. It’s the system that’s working when we aren’t in a situation that causes our sympathetic system to take over. It’s working when were sleep, laughing, meditating, overall enjoying our life. 

The benefit of spinal manipulation therapy is a reduction of the stress response in our bodies. It’s the sensors in your spinal cord that directly affect your sympathetic state. Manipulations to the joint can affect these sensors reducing sympathetic stimulation. 

The traditional chiropractic adjustment does not correct or fix alignment. This is the furthest thing from the truth. 

What most people are unaware of is that there is a unique method of chiropractic care that is proven to correct alignment and posture. It’s called Chiropractic Biophysics and neuromechanical therapy. 

“CBP® Technique emphasizes optimal posture and spinal alignment as the primary goals of chiropractic care while simultaneously documenting improvements in pain and functional based outcomes. The uniqueness of CBP® treatment is in structural rehabilitation of the spine and posture.”

Next, let’s talk about the benefits of chiropractic care. 

We’re going to start with the benefits of spinal manipulation therapy or traditional chiropractic adjustments.

Do you remember the cup of water analogy Doctor Seth gave us for our last post? (If not that’s ok – I’m going to review it anyway!)  It goes something like this… We each are born with a different size cup of water. Some people are born with massive water bottle sized cups and some people have shot glasses. Once the cup or bottle is overflowing we first experience a symptom (aka: pain).

The size of that cup is what determines our pain tolerance. 

When you go to a standard chiropractor they snap, crackle, and pop you. What happens is the pain receivers in your body are reset. As if we stopped the cup from overflowing. 

For a more in-depth description of how the body processes pain you can watch this video

As explained above the traditional chiropractic adjustment or SMT also has the ability to influence the sympathetic nervous system. Take for instance a child suffering from Colic. The reason a baby may develop Colic is largely unknown yet we could easily state that from a physiological perspective the child is extremely stressed out crying, screaming, and having stomach pains. Remember the sympathetic system is what is responsible for regulating the stress response. Therefor Chiropractic adjustments in the traditional sense have the ability to aid the regulation of this system and have been proven to create great results in babies suffering from Colic. 

The bottom line is that spinal manipulation therapy focuses on pain/symptom management and has a positive effect on the sympathetic nervous system. These are great benefits, the problem is that the cause of joint receptors or sympathetic regulation being out of whack is a combination of abnormal ALIGNMENT, POSTURE, and CHEMICAL IRRITATION. So if the alignment, and lifestyle (diet, exercise, mental game) is largely left unaddressed most of these symptoms will resurface eventually. 

Now, for the benefits of CBP..

“By correcting the posture and eliminating misalignments, nerve energy interferences are removed and subsequently the patient will be relieved of pain, as well as benefit from better organ function, better health, and improved mobility. As the nervous system controls every function of the body, it is not uncommon for children and adults undergoing CBP© treatment for back pain to experience permanent relief from allergies and asthma, or having bouts with acid reflux or GERD clear up as a result of better nerve flow to the critical organs.”

The bottom line is that CBP is a sustainable, long-term way to transform your symptoms. 

Lastly, let’s talk about what makes Doctor Seth’s practice a little different from other chiropractors. 

Dr. Seth and the team at Posture and Spine:

Are focused on solving problems not merely managing pain. 

For example, they aren’t going to start you on any herbs, diets, or treatment plans without first running blood tests, x-rays, or other informative tests to understand where the problem is initiating.  

They believe that the simplest solution is the most evident one. 

Imagine a female suffering from debilitating migraines on a daily basis. Her husband has spent over $100 000 in treatment options to no avail. Simply by observation her posture is hyper-kyphotic (google it. lol). Clearly, the most evident thing is to correct the abnormal postural deformity that is the driver of the migraines. (In reality – she has now gone 10 – 12 days migraine free after 2 months of work with the team at Posture and Spine.)  

They believe in educating patients for the long run. 

I don’t know about you, but when I don’t know something, I call my mom. The conversation usually goes like this, “mom, how do I do <blank?>’ My mom so lovingly always replies with “you do x,y,z.” Then one day, we wake up and reencounter a situation that previously left us feeling helpless and we know what to do. This time I don’t have to call my mom because she educated me on the steps I need to take. The team at Posture and Spine focuses on educating you so that don’t need to make that call, you already know. 

They believe in the science found in medical publications. 

The network of doctors that the team at Posture and Spine is a part of has published their work in over 150 medical publications backed by practical science. All practices are tried, tested, and contribute only to the overall health of the body in place of symptom management. 

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