Does chiropractic really work? This depends on the person’s definition of work. The goal of chiropractic is to detect, analyze , and correct vertebral misalignments in the spine that are decreasing the bodies ability to function at its optimum potential. The goal of chiropractic is not the treatment of symptoms and diseases. Therefore, if someone has cancer and goes to a chiropractor and ends up dying of cancer the family might say chiropractic didn’t work. Depending on the vantage point of “ work” decides whether it did or did not.
While the correction of irritation to the spinal cord can result in the healing and recovery of many different health conditions the aim of chiropractic is maximizing function. Medicine is the science of effect and treatment of effect. Chiropractic is the science of life and maximizing function. Chiropractic should be used by everyone from birth to death just as eating a well balanced diet, regular exercise, stress reduction techniques, getting proper sleep should be used to maximize health. The nervous system is one pillar of health and should be part of anyones health program that is trying to maximize it.
The human body has its own natural detoxification system. The most important organ in the body when it comes to detoxification is the liver, followed by the skin , gastrointestinal track and urinary system. No matter what you do in your life your body is constantly trying to detoxify the system. There are many things you can do that can support the bodies continual attempt at purity.
Chiropractic absolutely helps the body detoxify. When you see a chiropractor and undergo care, correction of spinal misalignment removes irritation to the central nervous system and increases the bodies ability to function properly. When the body functions more efficiently not only do the detoxification pathways function better but the overall system functions better. Regular chiropractic care, especially the Blair Upper Cervical Technique, can aide in the bodies natural continuous attempt at detoxification and maximizes health.
Chiropractic cervical techniques do not use enough force to cause cervical spine fracture. The only way that a cervical spine fracture could occur due to a cervical spine adjustment would be the result of a pathological disease present that produced a vertebrae that was severely weakened. The good news is , if you choose a competent chiropractor, cervical spine x-rays are taken on each new patient to rule out and red flag any contraindication to adjustment.
One option if you are concerned is seeing an upper cervical chiropractor. This branch of chiropractic specializes in only adjusting the upper cervical spine. The techniques are gentle, precise, and involve no twisting, popping, or pulling of the neck. As a consequence they are exceedingly safe and effective.
Upper cervical chiropractic is built on a few simple principles:
Upper cervical works by locating spinal misalignment at the upper neck region and precisely correcting them with no popping, twisting, or pulling. The only variable between it working and not working is whether the upper cervical chiropractor is skilled enough to correct the spinal misalignment. Once the misalignment has been corrected the central nervous system works better and the body is able to mend , heal , and repair over time to the best of its ability. Upper cervical is NOT a cure all procedure but it is often effective in helping chronically ill people regain health to the point where they are enjoying life once again. It is also a powerful tool to stay well when already well. Prevention is just good common sense!
Unfortunately most Americans do not know that there are things they can do in their lives that can help prevent spinal stenosis. We live in a reactionary health system, meaning we don’t teach people prevention we teach them how to treat the end of the process , the symptoms.
So let’s say you have been currently diagnosed with stenosis, the prevention ship has sailed. You are in a crisis and are wondering, “are there any other options than surgery?” The answer is yes. However, if stenosis is left untreated it can get worse. With this said the body is always trying to adapt, heal, repair.
If you have stenosis, visiting an upper cervical chiropractor can help your body function better and therefore adapt better. Because the postural muscle tone is controlled in the brainstem, housed by atlas and axis, if atlas or axis is misaligned it can cause imbalances in muscle tone through your the spine decreasing the bodies ability to adapt to stenosis problems. By correcting the upper cervical spine misalignment can often be ameliorated or can become asymptomatic.
There are times where stenosis has become so severe that surgical intervention is necessary and appropriate. However, it has been our experience in our Los Angeles Upper Cervical Health Care Office that 80 percent of cases diagnosed with stenosis can become symptom free or greatly improved. Stenosis is usually the result of long standing postural imbalances. As a result of asymmetry in posture, wear and tear on the discs, joints, and vertebral bodies can lead to degenerative changes that result in stenosis. Correcting the underlying cause, upper cervical spine misalignment can result in better symmetry in postural muscle tone, better posture, and in many cases reduction of stenosis symptoms.
The least invasive procedures should always be used first, surgery should be a last resort. If you are suffering from an acute severe injury that involves the spine you should seek medical attention and imaging.
In the case of severe stenosis where conservative measures have failed, surgery is the last option. We have found that many cases of stenosis, even cases categorized as surgical, often respond favorably to upper cervical care. If stenosis is caused by a cervical or lumbar disc problem that is not prolapsed and is under 8 mm we have found 80 percent of the case can recover through Blair Upper Cervical Technique.
If someone is suffering from IVF stenosis that is the result of loss of disc height and increased calcium in the IVF, results can be slower and sometimes the patient will not recover completely. Some stenosis cases have gone to far and will improve but not make a 100 percent recovery.
MRI is an imaging technique that is used to identify soft tissue abnormalities and damage. Ligament tears, disc bulges, muscle tears, spinal cord effacement and nerve damage can be visualized through MRI imaging. However MRI cannot determine whether there are functional deficits only whether the soft tissue structure is normal or abnormal.
We find that MRI is a powerful tool to diagnose soft tissue injury however how you proceed after diagnosis is crucial in recovering health. We are huge advocates of “ least invasive first”, “moderately invasive” second, and “severely invasive”, LAST.
Cervical spine MRI’s are an arduous process especially for someone who is claustrophobic and in pain. An MRI scan of the cervical spine can take between 20-30 minutes to complete.
The role of MRI in diagnosing MS. If you have symptoms of MS, your doctor may order an MRI of your brain and spine. An MRI allows doctors to see lesions in your CNS. Lesions show upas white or dark spots, depending on the type of scan. Lesions found in the brain or spinal cord are one diagnostic criteria that is used to diagnose MS. If you get an MS diagnosis there are many alternative treatment procedure that have proved successful in supporting the bodies healing system recover health.
Natural alternatives to medicine in the treatment of MS.