Structural chiropractic care focuses on restoring the natural, proper structure of our spine to decrease nerve interference. What exactly does this mean? It means that when your body gets out of alignment, you start to experience dysfunction, and possibly pain. In our spine, we have natural curves that help keep us more like a spring; the curves help us adapt to forces better during the day. Unfortunately, due to improper posture, certain daily activities, and even emotional and chemical stress, we start to lose those proper curves in our spine. Because of this, our spinal bones, or vertebrae, begin to put pressure on our nerves which cause problems in our bodies.
This is the same concept as our car alignment. If our alignment is off, we start to wear down the axle and tires at a quicker rate and cause issues with our car. Proper alignment in our car ensures that our tires run evenly and smoothly. If it’s not taken care of and maintained, we see bigger, more expensive problems once we finally take it to the mechanic. Receiving structural chiropractic care, like we offer here at Excel Chiropractic, helps maintain proper alignment, instead of dealing with bigger, more expensive health issues down the road, such as injections and surgery. Is there a time when a surgical procedure is a good option? Absolutely. But, it should not always be the first option, as it is used so often these days.
This is why the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) recently published an article in April, 2017 “supporting the use of spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) as a first line treatment for acute low back pain.” Next time you, a friend, or a loved one injures their back and doesn’t know where to turn, try a chiropractor that focuses on structural, corrective care. This is why we have such great results with our patients—we are focused on correcting the underlying cause of pain: the spinal misalignments putting pressure on nerves, or better known in the chiropractic community as “vertebral subluxations.”