Chiropractic care is what orthodox medicine is not. While medicine uses pain killers, muscle relaxants or antihistamine to reduce pain, chiropractic looks first at the spine to find the source of the pain. Chiropractic is a great alternative to consider before surgery or epidural or steroid injections. Many people are now moving to chiropractic as the largest, drug-free healing profession in the world. Chiropractic gets sick people well and prevents the healthy from getting sick.
Chiropractic care is a branch of healthcare that is based upon the understanding that optimal health depends, in part, upon a normally functioning nervous system (especially the spine and the nerves extending from the spine to all parts of the body). “Chiropractic” comes from the Greek word Chiropraktikos, meaning “effective treatment by hand.”
Chiropractic stresses the idea that the cause of many disease processes begins with the body’s inability to adapt to its environment. It looks to address these diseases not by the use of drugs and chemicals, but by locating and adjusting a musculoskeletal area of the body which is functioning improperly.
Chiropractic philosophy aims to get to the root cause of a health problem rather than just treat the symptoms. The goals is to maximize the natural strengths of the body and its capacity to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery. The primary focus of chiropractic is the detection, reduction and correction of spinal misalignments and nervous system dysfunction.
So how does chiropractic work to maintain health and fix problems? Your spinal column is a series of movable bones (vertebra), which begin at the base of your skull and end at the center of your hips. Thirty-one pairs of spinal nerves extend down the spine from the brain and exit through a series of openings. The nerves leave the spine and form a complicated network that influences every organ, tissue and cell of your body. When a spinal vertebra shifts out of alignment, it may put damaging pressure on the spinal nerves causing interruption to the vital nerve flow within your body. This condition is referred to as Vertebral Subluxation and is the cause of most of the unwanted conditions people suffer from every day.
When the vertebrae are subluxated, the nerve passageway is blocked, and the life energy flowing through the nerve can be choked off. Any spinal imbalance will cause areas of the spinal column to work harder in order to compensate for the area that is out of balance. This interferes with your body’s innate healing ability and lowers your resistance.
Vertebral Subluxation is the result of not properly maintaining the spine. The most current research shows that the spine should be maintained throughout life, from the beginning. Properly maintained, the model spine can easily last 120-150 years with minimal degeneration or arthritis. The ideal shape of the spine represents an amazing balance between all the forces of nature that constantly challenge us- such as compression, tension and shear. How efficient we are at resisting these forces is directly related to our health.
Unfortunately, distortion of the spine is epidemic today. Due to overwhelming and repetitive forces of modern life coupled with physical traumas, motor vehicle accidents, poor posture from computer use and mobile gadgets, emotional and mental stress, the spine becomes subluxated and malformed. The resulting vertebral subluxation complex has been found to be the underlying cause of many health problems. When the spine is misaligned or subluxated it will wear down or degenerate at a much more rapid rate, just as a car tire will wear down when not properly aligned.
It is important to understand that although chiropractic care is very effective in reducing pain, chiropractic is not based on pain. It is incorrect to rely on how we feel to determine how healthy we are. By the time you have a symptom it means that the problem or abnormal function has been there for a long time. For instance:
- In 40% of people having heart disease, the first symptom is death from a heart attack.
- Many terminal cancer patients have no pain or symptom until the late stages.
- Significant degeneration of the spine can occur without symptoms.
- If you rely on symptoms, or already have some, your health could seriously be in jeopardy.
Chiropractic Care FAQ
Are chiropractors educated as well as medical doctors?
To receive the doctor of chiropractic degree, candidates must complete extensive undergraduate prerequisites and four years of graduate-level instruction and internship at an accredited chiropractic institution. Comprehensive knowledge of all systems of the body and diagnostic procedures enable the DC to thoroughly evaluate a patient, address disorders relating to the spine and determine the need for referral to another health care provider.
Is it OK to see a chiropractor if I’m pregnant?
Pregnant mothers find that chiropractic adjustments improve their pregnancy and make delivery easier for themselves and their baby. Adjusting methods are always adapted to a patient’s size, weight, age, and condition of health. Our tables are also design to specially accommodate their growing bellies!
Is chiropractic adjustment safe?
Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest, drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of headache, and neck and back pain. It has an excellent safety record. However, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. Even common over-the-counter medicines carry a risk.
How are chiropractors regulated in Singapore?
Our doctor is a member in good standing with The Chiropractic Association Singapore. His license and education status has been vetted that he is Board Certified Chiropractic Doctor in the United States of America.