The purpose of chiropractic care is not the treatment of conditions or disease; rather, it is the restoration of normal body function. As chiropractors, we work with the nervous system via gentle spinal adjustments. We reduce stress related interference to the nervous system, thereby enhancing overall body function. All the systems of the body — circulatory, digestive, eliminatory, hormonal, glandular, immunological, muscular, reproductive, respiratory, and skeletal — depend on the optimal function of the nervous system.
Our conventional healthcare system is mechanistic in that it views the body broken down into its distinct mechanical parts and there’s a specialist responsible for caring for each individual system. A healing model based on vitalism, however, believes that the body is a dynamic, ever-changing organism, continuously changing and adapting to its needs and desires. Vitalism also assumes that there is an intelligence and order within the organism that is designed to heal the body, and every system in the body coordinates functions with each other system.
Chiropractic is designed on the concept of vitalism. It is believed that the body has an Innate Intelligence to healing, and dis-ease occurs when the body’s natural ability to adapt to life’s forces (stress, environmental toxins, traumatic events) is interrupted. The thing that disrupts this communication pathway is called a subluxation, which interferes with the normal function of the nervous system. By removing subluxations through a very safe, specific, and controlled force applied to a joint, the interference is removed and the body’s nervous system is able to function fully and properly. In essence, with chiropractic, true healing is coming from within the body rather than from the chiropractor’s adjustment. Overall, conventional medicine is based on an outside-in approach where healing comes from something being added to the body, such as medicine or surgery, while chiropractic is based on an inside-out approach where healing occurs when the body’s own healing powers are activated.
I specialize in pediatric and prenatal chiropractic care. I have taken additional classes and certifications, such as Webster Technique, through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) which allows me to serve this population with gentle and specific chiropractic care. People often ask me if they can come see me even if they aren’t pregnant and the answer is yes! I'm also passionate about women's health and fertility, but I serve people of all ages from all walks of life. Bring the whole family!
I absolutely believe that everyone should be under chiropractic care. Regardless of the choices you make, the chiropractic approach will improve your inherent ability to function. Doesn’t it make sense to have your body functioning at an optimal level for healing no matter how (or if) you choose to treat various symptoms?
The #1 thing you should look for in a chiropractor is someone who talks about your nervous system. If you go to your chiropractor just for pain relief, it’s like robbing a bank and only stealing the pens. A side effect of removing interference to your body’s nervous system — which allows your body to heal itself — is that your pain goes away. Chiropractic is not about back pain or neck pain. It’s so much more than pain relief, but we’re also really freaking good at getting you out of pain.
Chiropractic care is the foundation for true healing because it unleashes your body’s innate ability to heal itself. Other therapies such as acupuncture, massage, nutrition, etc. are incredibly healing and I love referring to other practitioners in the area who offer those services that work synergistically with chiropractic care because we begin to see not just an increase in that person’s ability to adapt to their environment, but also how their environment evolves and better supports their overall lifestyle.
Click here for a list of trusted providers that I trust, refer to often, and are currently or have previously been under care with and know personally.
*You still need to do your homework by digging through their website, giving them a call, or even scheduling a visit to make sure they are holistically minded and more importantly, that they analyze your nervous system. Also, make sure your personalities mesh and you can trust them! That’s important too!
Chiropractic techniques fit into 3 basic models based on the three body systems primarily addressed by chiropractors: the skeletal system, the muscle system and the nervous system. Therefore, while all chiropractic techniques involve all three systems, the techniques themselves can be differentiated from one another based on their method of assessment and their method of correction.
Segmental or skeletal system centered chiropractic techniques adjust vertebrae that are not in their optimum position back to a more normal position and, in so doing, affect the nervous system first and then the muscle system next.
Postural or muscle system centered chiropractic techniques first involve putting tension or relaxation within the muscle system in order to allow an easier structural adjustment to take place. In so doing, this approach involves the muscle system first which then affects the skeletal system and then, finally, the nervous system.
Tonal or nervous system centered chiropractic techniques are not muscle or bone based but rather focus on the nervous system and the related changes in a person’s physiology. As such, tonal chiropractic techniques look at the nervous system first and the doctor’s input into the nervous system then affects the muscle system which, in turn, affects the skeletal system.
Since all three technique models work and produce good results, why would we prefer a tonal approach? The answer comes in understanding how the interference to a person’s nervous system takes place to begin with. Did the bone move out of place thus affecting the nerve which then affects the muscle? Bones cannot move by themselves so there must have been a muscle imbalance first. Did the muscle imbalance occur first thereby causing the bone to move out of its normal position? Muscles do not think or act on their own so a muscle imbalance can only be the result of an unbalanced nerve supply to the muscles. So, the bone can only move if a muscle moves it and a muscle will only move when the nervous system tells it to. For us then, it makes more sense to address the nervous system first so all else can follow.
If your chiropractor isn’t talking about the nervous system, then they are not assessing the nervous system, which means they’re assessing either the muscular system or skeletal system. As you can see above, there is value in the care they are providing, but if you’re interested in unleashing your body’s innate ability to heal itself and getting to the root cause of dis-ease, I would suggest finding a chiropractor who talks about your nervous system. You can always ask what technique they use! Some of my favorite tonal techniques are:
I recommend to check the people that I serve for nervous system interference on a weekly basis. Does this mean they’ll need an adjustment each visit? Nope! The goal is that with consistent chiropractic care, it increases your body’s ability to adapt to life’s stressors and forces. When someone comes in and I check them for interference and they don’t have any, we celebrate that!
It’s important to always stay proactive because the last sign of nervous system interference is pain. There’s dysfunction long before you even feel it. This is also why we don’t judge our health based on how we feel — you can’t feel heart disease and cancer — but we judge our health based on how we function. Some intelligent conversations that our body has with us expressing overall function is through our digestion, skin, sleep, and menstrual cycles.