What Is Chiropractic

What is a Chiropractor?

Chiropractors are healthcare professionals extensively trained in treating disorders of the neuro-musculoskeletal system through non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical techniques. Chiropractors are well known for treating back pain, but are also extremely successful in alleviating a number of other ailments affecting joint, spinal, and neurological health. Our Henderson chiropractors commonly treat: neck pain, sciatica, disc herniation, carpal tunnel syndrome, sports injuries, auto injuries, headache, and more.

The word chiropractic derives from the Greek words "praxis" (action) and "cheir" (hand), and simply means "performed by the hand". The primary treatments used by chiropractors are hands-on treatments called chiropractic adjustments (also referred to as spinal manipulation or spinal adjustments). During an adjustment, a chiropractor uses an instrument or their hands to apply precise force directly to a dysfunctional spinal segment (called vertebrae). Chiropractic adjustments can correct any dysfunction or misalignments in the spine and surrounding tissues.

While the founder of chiropractic, Dr. Daniel David Palmer, developed spinal adjustments as the basis of chiropractic, now many chiropractors employ a variety of manual therapies and natural treatments to improve patients' health.

At Advanced Spine & Rehabilitation, our Henderson chiropractors use chiropractic care alongside massage, physical therapy, spinal decompression, nutritional counseling, and more.

How Does Chiropractic Affect Overall Health?

The spine gives the body the necessary structure to move and bear weight, while providing essential support and protection of the spinal cord. Why is this protection so essential?

The spinal cord is one of the main components of the central nervous system (CNS), along with the brain, optic nerves, and spinal nerves. These nerves travel throughout the body, allowing the brain to send signals to the rest of the body. The CNS therefore controls how our bodies move, digest, see, feel, breathe, respond to illness, regulate blood pressure, and more.

Any disorder in the spine, like a disc herniation or tissue injury, can irritate the spinal nerves and disrupt the proper transmission of nerve impulses. This not only causes pain, it can lead to poor balance, abnormal pain processing, and a number of other health problems tied to deficient CNS functioning.

Scientific studies have suggested that chiropractic adjustments can affect the CNS by reducing heart rate, blood pressure, and stress hormones, while spurring the release of endorphins. Spinal adjustments may also assist in the body's immune response through the decreasing pro-inflammatory cytokines and increasing certain antibodies.

As spinal specialists, our Henderson chiropractors can keep your spine healthy to support proper CNS functioning and improved wellness. If you're suffering from persistent pain in Las Vegas or Henderson, NV, our chiropractors can get you out of pain and back on the road to health.  Schedule an appointment with Advanced Spine & Rehabilitation today.

 

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