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What is a Misalignment?

 

 

A Misalignment is a reaction to the stress that we as individuals are subjected to

"An interference in the optimal function of the nervous system combined with misalignment of a vertebrae in the spine."

The nervous system is the system that controls and co-ordinates every function in the body.

"Its structure and activities are inseparably interwoven with every aspect of our lives, physical, cultural and intellectual" - Gray's Anatomy 35th Edition

Put simply, a Misalignment is when one or more of your spinal vertebrae progress out of position and apply pressure on, or cause irritation to your spinal nerves. These nerves come out in between each of the vertebrae in your spine to control your organs, muscles and limbs etc. This pressure or irritation on the nerves then causes those nerves to malfunction and interfere with the signals travelling from your brain to your organs or muscles.

Your nervous system controls and coordinates all the functions of your body. If you interfere with the signals travelling through your nerves, then parts of your body will not function at 100% of their innate or natural ability.

It is the responsibility of the Doctor of Chiropractic to locate Misalignments, and reduce or correct them. This is done through a series of chiropractic adjustments specifically designed to correct the Vertebral Misalignments in your spine. Chiropractors are the only professionals who undergo several years of training and education to become experts at correcting Misalignments.


What causes Misalignment?
Many of the stresses that we are under in a modern society can result in Misalignments such as the physical stresses of work postures and activities such as repetitive lifting and accidents to the more emotional stresses that we are placed under in our working and family lives.

We must also consider stresses on a chemical level such as pollution, smoking and diet that can result in the body being less well and thus more susceptible to stress. In summary our lifestyle, which can be inherently stressful, can result in Misalignments thus meaning we are then in a position to be less able to cope with future stresses. This is what can lead to a decline in our health on a progressive level.

As the Misalignment can alter the function of the nervous system it can impair the ability of the body to function at its best and adapt. This may result in the body sending signals in the form of pain. In regards to the spine common expressions of this are back and leg pain, neck and shoulder pain, and headaches. By removing the Misalignment or interference in the nervous system Chiropractic can be very successful in alleviating these symptoms. We must be mindful however of the nervous system component of the Misalignment and that the effect of a Misalignment may not always be expressed as the above pain syndromes.

So Chiropractic can have the benefit to your overall health in that it helps your body more effectively adapt to its environment and help you feel better at the same time.

A diversity of complaints can be alleviated and improved by adjusting spinal Misalignments or misalignments. Therefore, most people of any age can benefit. Some common complaints are listed below:

  • Back, Shoulder and Leg pain
  • Neck and Arm pain
  • Sciatica, joint and muscular problems
  • Sports injuries
  • Headaches, Dizziness and Migraines
  • Pre & Post Natal issues
  • Infantile Colic
  • Children with Ear Infections
  • Asthma
  • the list goes on.

Our registered Chiropractor(s) will generate a tailored care schedule for you, with the intention of reducing your spinal misalignments, and the subsequent related problems, with a series of spinal adjustments. These will take place over a series of visits designed to give maximum effect with minimal financial concern or inconvenience to your daily schedule.


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