Chiropractic treats a condition known as vertebral subluxation. A subluxation is the malposition of a vertebra with an adjacent vertebra which causes pressure on the nerve roots exiting from the spinal column. When a subluxation occurs, nerve impulses are interfered with. Range of motion of the spinal joints is lost, resulting in decreased freedom of movement, swelling of the disc and facet joints can occur, causing additional pressure on the nerves. The muscles attached to the affected vertebra can go into spasm, and may result in the development of a trigger point. Left untreated, a subluxation can lead to osteoarthritis and permanent disc damage.
Nerve pressure or impingement results in a decrease in function of the end organ controlled by the nerve. If a nerve going to a muscle is impinged upon, weakness develops. If a sensory nerve is impinged upon, numbness, tingling, or other altered sensation will occur. If the nerves going to the heart, liver or kidney, are interfered with, no physical symptoms may be present, but nonetheless a decrease in function of the organ will be evident.
Chiropractic does not treat any disease or condition other than the vertebral subluxation. The body does not need any help in maintaining health; it just needs no interference. Interference to good health may refer to poor diet, poor lifestyle habits, stress, injury, vertebral subluxation, internal conflict and so on. By removing the vertebral subluxation, nerve function is restored, and the inherent recuperative powers of the body facilitate the healing. Many Doctors of Chiropractic also incorporate nutritional and exercise programs in their treatment plans. This is done to give the body every advantage possible in obtaining the healthiest possible condition.
Hospice of the North Coast offers Integrative Therapies such as music therapy, healing touch, Reiki, reflexology, massage and pet therapy. Integrative Therapies create an atmosphere of serenity and comfort for the soul.
“You matter because you are you, and you matter to the end of your life. We will do all we can not only to help you die peacefully, but also to live until you die.”
— Dame Cicely Saunders, nurse, physician and writer, and founder of hospice movement (1918 – 2005).
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