What is Chiropractic Care?
Chiropractic is the largest drug free, primary health care profession in the western world. It is based on the scientific fact that the human body is both self regulating and self healing, and it is the control of brain, spinal cord and nerve function that allows this. Chiropractic is based on the understanding that the natural state for our body is balance and health, and true health comes when our body can grow, adapt and heal at it's very best.
The beauty of Chiropractic is in it's simplicity. Chiropractic is a proactive, non-invasive approach to enhance health and well-being by fine tuning the body so it works at it's absolute peak. For health and vitality our nervous system needs to function without distortion or interference.
Chiropractic is a proven safe, gentle and effective approach not only for the relief of pain and discomfort but also enjoyed by millions of people every year to maximise their health and well-being.
Why Do Spinal Problems Develop?
There are a number of possible causes of spinal problems and each should be treated individually. Back and neck pain may be the result of local tissue damage, perhaps to the lining of a spinal joint or a tear in the fabric of one of the intervertebral discs. Most commonly, such damage isn't usually a result of significant trauma. Rather, many of our Camden patients typically tell us that they suddenly felt pain during some innocuous everyday movement - or that their discomfort crept up on them slowly 'for no reason'. So what's going on here?
In many cases spinal problems develop slowly over time without any clues to their existence. The real reason that a spine might spontaneously become painful has more to do with a loss of spinal control than any loss of strength.
The human spine is an incredibly complex and flexible structure that requires precision control if you don't want to end up injuring it. What's more, the moment-by-moment regulation of joint alignment is all done unconsciously - just like the beating of your heart. And, in the same way that people might develop problems with their heart rate or rhythm (a control problem), you may also suffer control problems in your spine. If this happens, then you may well injure yourself with a simple movement.
Interestingly, spinal manipulation works directly by stimulating the control centres of your spinal cord and nervous system to help them do their job better and allow you to maintain your own alignment better. We then follow this up with tailored exercises to help you amplify the improvements that we have made.
Why Is A Course Of Treatment Necessary?
In many cases you will need a course of treatment. Manipulation of the spine is dose-dependent and its effects are cumulative over time. When manipulation is combined with tailored exercises we can achieve a strong and stable spine that will handle the challenges that you throw at it.
To achieve spinal stability and control is not unlike any other discipline. It takes time to develop, and here at Proactive Spine & Sports Medicine we are experienced in putting together the rehabilitation programs that you need. Furthermore, our dedication to Evidence-Based Practice means that we will measure your progress every step of the way.