Chiropractic means 'the practice of the hands' in Latin. It is the world's largest natural health care profession. Some people believe that chiropractic is only about "cracking" the spine, inducing motion back into stuck areas and helping with neck and back pain; this is all correct, but it is so much more than that!
Chiropractic is based on the principle that the body heals itself; for example if you were to get a scratch on your arm, the body's innate intelligence works to build a scab and fight infection. Our bodies have many regulatory systems constantly working to maintain homeostasis - the body's internal regulatory range. For example; blood pressure and blood pH are maintained within a certain range. It is for this reason that we know that if something is not healing in your body, it is due to homeostasis not being regulated. Everything in the body is controlled from brain to brain stem, brain stem to spinal cord, and spinal cord to nerves. Signals are sent back to the brain via the nervous system as well. The messages need to get through in order for your body to function properly. Since the body heals itself, we must look to the spine and nervous system first to make sure there is no interference. Vertebrae can become misaligned creating inflammation, decreased range of motion, skin and tissue changes, muscle imbalance, and change in blood flow to an area of the body.
Chiropractic is the practice of specifically analyzing the spine to find out where alignment needs to be corrected in order to allow the body to heal itself.
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At LivChiro, we focus on two techniques; upper cervical chiropractic and torque release technique.
Upper cervical chiropractic looks specifically at the first bone in the neck. It is called the atlas or C1 and it being in alignment will result in the posture being aligned and the body functioning properly. It is the first place the spine will become misaligned because it is the least protected bone but in the most vulnerable area at the top of the neck. It doesn't overlap with other bones nor fit together like puzzle pieces like the other vertebrae. It is held in place by muscles and ligaments and is very vulnerable to be misaligned in accidents, traumas and stress on the body.
Here are some ways you can tell if your first bone in your neck is out of alignment:
1) Reduced range of motion in your neck
2) Feeling the need to crack your neck or back
3) Hearing gristly, or grinding noises when you turn your head
4) Jaw pain/TMJ - the jaw position is closely related to the upper neck position
5) Neck, upper back or low back pain
6) Headaches or migraines
7) Lowered immune system functioning or slow healing
8) All your issues are on the same side of your body
9) Tingling into one arm or leg
10) You've noticed body imbalance one shoulder is always higher than the other
11) It hurts unless you carry your child or bag on the same side every time, a bra strap falls off the same shoulder all the time, a tailor or personal trainer has told you one leg is longer or shoulders or hips are uneven
The second technique we use is called torque release technique, or TRT. Once you are aligned posturally and the legs have come back to an even length, you are on your way to healing. This technique is aimed at reducing stress and tension on your spinal column. The spine acts as a unit and it may be turning at one end more than the other, so specific adjustments are made to relieve tension. This technique is helpful if you are stretching and it just doesn't feel like you can get to the area that needs to be stretched. It is also helpful for bringing your body back into its proper parasympathetic nervous system functioning or the "rest & digest" nervous system. We use an instrument called the Integrator that delivers a recoil force perfect for moving a specific twisted vertebrae. Though we will adjust where your body needs it, not where the pain is, we usually do adjustments at the top and bottom of the spine that help align you in an even more subtle way and help to relieve stress on your spine and body.
Check out our video on TRT technique! https://youtu.be/JMLg9biYKtI