How does it work?

spinal-x-rayChiropractic helps to remove postural imbalances and structural misalignments that can accumulate in our bodies over time. Chiropractic works by restoring your own inborn ability to be healthy. For your body to remain healthy, your nervous system must function well. For your nervous system to function well it must be free of interference. By restoring spinal function with Chiropractic adjustments, nerve interference by misaligned vertebrae is removed, thus allowing optimal nervous system function and improved health.

The customized care you receive from your chiropractor may help to improve your posture, muscle balance and mobility. It can also restore the integrity of your nervous system and get rid of pain quickly, so you can get back to feeling good today!

What Can I Expect During My First Visit to a Chiropractor?

chiropractic-visitYou can expect to complete a full medical history questionnaire and "new patient" paperwork. You will then consult with the doctor. This consultation is your opportunity to express your health concerns and expectations, and to ask any questions you may have pertaining to the matter. It is also a time for the doctor to express his role in your health care and discuss your health prognosis. A physical exam will be performed which may include orthopedic testing, reflex assessments and a specific Chiropractic evaluation. In some cases x-rays may be necessary to determine an exact diagnosis. X-rays can usually be done at the doctor' s office. At this point, the doctor will review all of the findings and schedule a follow-up visit (Report of Findings) to discuss treatment options.

What is a Subluxation?

subluxationSubluxation is a term used in the chiropractic field to describe what happens when one of the vertebrae in your spine moves out of position or the spinal joints become "stuck". When this happens, the misaligned or "stuck" vertebra creates pressure and stress on the spinal nerves and surrounding muscles. This pressure and stress can cause an imbalance in the body's normal processes as the nerves in the spinal column extend to the entire body and its organs. As time goes on and the uncorrected subluxation settles, the irritaion to the nerve gets progressively worse, eventually leading to degeneration of the spinal joints themselves.

Subluxations can occur in a number of ways: a car accident, fall, sudden jar, or trauma are all examples of unique instances that may cause a subluxation. The other occurrence of subluxation comes from everyday actions such as improper sleeping position, poor posture, or incorrect lifting .

Chiropractors are specialists in correcting subluxation and other misalignments. A chiropractor can restore the misaligned vertebrae to their proper position in the spinal column. They do this manually by using the chiropractic procedure known as spinal adjustment. Your chiropractor, in most cases, will use his or her hands in applying corrective pressure to the spine in a specific direction and location. The manual adjustment helps restore the alignment and mobility of the vertebrae. In some cases, the chiropractor may use instruments to detect a subluxation and adjust the spine. Under normal circumstances, chiropractic adjustments are painless. In cases of trauma, such as car accident, some discomfort may be experienced due to inflammation and associated muscle spasm.

Dr. Nick Bravo practices chiropractic therapeutic services in Canton, GA and treats patients from nearby Woodstock, Waleska, Towne Lake, Ball Ground, Hickory Flat and other areas of Cherokee County. Chiropractic can be an effective treatment for back pain, neck pain, headaches, joint pain, osteoarthritis and many other conditions. Call (770) 479-1170 for more information.