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David C. Herrin, D.C.

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Definition of Chiropractic
Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts that is concerned with the health of the spine and nervous system and their roles in maintaining the health of the whole body. Chiropractic philosophy consists of the understanding that the body contains an innate or inborn intelligence that organizes, repairs, and maintains the body via the nervous system. Chiropractors affect the nervous system through the use of adjusting techniques that consist of stimulation or manipulating the articulations of the spine and other joints of the body. Staying true to the understanding of the body's innate intelligence, chiropractors refrain from the use of drugs or surgery in their efforts to heal the body. In addition to adjusting the spine and extremities chiropractors are also concerned with the nutritional and emotional needs of their patients. 

The Doctor of Chiropractic
The doctor of chiropractic is well trained and educated on the current diagnostic procedures of today's health standards, and has the ability and scope to be a "portal-of-entry" physician. A doctor of chiropractic's education consists of a minimum of three years of undergraduate work at a university before entering the doctor of chiropractic degree program at a chiropractic school.  Chiropractic schools consist of 5 academic years of study which is nationally accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE). The curriculum at these chiropractic schools is extensive and rigorous. The Program consists of basic sciences such as anatomy/physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, pathology, etc... chiropractic sciences such as physical/clinical/laboratory diagnosis, diagnostic imaging (X-ray, MRI, CT), biomechanics, nutrition, etc.... clinical sciences such as one year of clinical internship.

How Chiropractic Works
Chiropractors are concerned with correcting and maintaining a proper functioning nervous system. The nervous system is the master control system of the body. It consists of three main parts: The brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves. The brain is where memory is stored, thoughts are generated, and our intentions are born. If these intentions include the movement of the body, such as with walking, the brain sends the signal to the spinal cord, which travels inside the spine, to the peripheral nerves and out to the necessary parts of body. Communication is also achieved, this way, with all the organ systems of the body. The signals will instruct the organs how to function, including how to digest food, breathe, and respond to stress and danger. The nervous system is a complex communications system designed to handle all of these functions.
Interference with this communication can have grave consequences. The most dramatic of these is when a person damages his or her spinal cord and is paralyzed. Other less dramatic examples may include back pain, neck pain, headache, weakness in the body or extremities, lowered immune response, digestive problems, and many others.
Interference can come in different forms such as pressure on a nerve (“pinched nerve”), irritation of a nerve, or a combination of each. (See Subluxation)The pressure or irritation can come from bones being misaligned, from degeneration of the joints in the spine, or from soft tissues that surround the nerves and spinal cord. The chiropractor can eliminate the effects of these problems to allow for a nervous system that is unimpeded and able to perform its proper function.  









Vertebral Subluxation Complex (VSC)

The subluxation is the term applied to a vertebra which has lost its normal position and/or motion in relation to neighboring vertebrae. Vertebrae which do not function properly within the spinal framework generate mechanical stress. This accelerates the wear and tear on the surrounding spinal muscles, ligaments, discs, joint and other spinal tissues. Pain, palpatory tenderness, inflammation, decreased spinal mobility, and muscle spasm and hypertonicity will eventually follow.

Additionally, because of the direct mechanical and physiological relationship between the spinal column and the spinal nerve roots, vertebral subluxations as well as other spinal abnormalities have the potential to impair proper nerve functioning. Once nerve functioning is compromised, communication within the body becomes less effective jeopardizing the overall health and wellness of the individual.

Through extensive research and study chiropractors have identified 5 components of the vertebral subluxation. Collectively, these elements are known as the "subluxation complex".
1. Kinesiopathology – the loss of normal vertebral positioning and motion in relation to neighboring vertebrae
2. Myopathology – pathological changes occurring in the spinal musculature which includes hypertonicity, spasming, fibrosis, weakness and improper or inappropriate functioning
3. Neuropathology – irritation or injury to spinal nerve roots through compression, stretch or more commonly chemical irritation from nearby spinal structures
4. Histopathology – pathological changes which occur to the spinal tissues such as abnormal bony growths off the vertebral bodies and joints, fibrosis and adhesions of spinal muscles and ligaments, as well as dehydration and degeneration of spinal discs
5. Pathophysiology – the biochemical changes taking place in the spinal region which include inflammatory biochemicals from injured tissues and biochemical waste products
Each component of the subluxation must be eliminated for proper healing to occur and for the rehabilitation process to be successful. While full understanding of all components is not necessary, you should be aware of the complexity involved. Patients should also be aware that pain is but a small element of most diseases and disorders. Pain is a very poor indicator of your need for further treatment as pain generally subsides well before tissue healing and mechanical normalization has completed.


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