​​"Your Roots To Good Health"

What Is Chiropractic?

     According to The Association of Chiropractic Colleges, "Chiropractic is a health care discipline which emphasizes the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs and surgery.  The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health."

The Goal of Chiropractic


  Because chiropractic treatments are primarily applied to the spinal region, many individuals incorrectly aasume that chiropractors treat only back and neck ailments.  While we do quickly and effectively eliminate back and neck pain, its not the only goal.  The objective is to restore and optimize human health.  In fact, according to a statement from The Association of Chiropractic Colleges, "The purpose of chiropractic is to optimize health."

How Chiropractic Works

You may be wondering......how can the same chiropractic treatment which effectively treats my back pain also optimize my health?  The answer can be found by looking into the relationship between the spine and the nervous system. 

As you may already know, the nervous system is the master controller of all living cells, tissues and organs; orchestrating and coordinating all cellular functions.  The spinal column encases the nervous system (spinal cord and nerve roots) and is responsible for its protection. 

Because of this intimate relationship, biomechanical and structual problems in the spinal column can irritatate parts of the enclosed nervous system.  This irritationcan result in direct mechanical pressure which is known as a spinal subluxation.  The functioning of the nervous system is negatively influenced as is the functioning of the cells, tissues and organs which are supplied by the affected nerve(s).

The resulting ailment(s) depends on the cells, tissues and organs affected as well as the extent of nervous system compromise.

In short, because the body's innate recuperative powers are affected by and integrated through the nervous system, correcting spinal abnormalities which irritate the nervous system can lead to a number of favorable results in patients suffering from various, seemingly non-spinal health conditions.

What Chiropractors Do

Practically speaking, chiropractors are primarily concerned with locating and treating vertebral subluxations.  A vertebral subluxation is a complex of functional and/or structual and/or pathological articular (joint) changes that compromise neural integrity and may influence organ system function and general health.  Using a number of unique and highly refined skills, the chiropractor checks the patient's spine for any misalignments, fixations or other abnormalities (vertebral subluxations).  If subluxations or other abnormalities are detected, the chiropractor will generally apply a gentle force in a corrective manner to the affected spinal area.  Chiropractors use many specialized techniques to identify and treat these spinal abnomalities and optimize overall health.  In addition to spinal adjusting techniques, soft tissue techniques such as massage, dietary and nutritional counseling, physical therapies, or aroma therapies are often used while under Chiropractic care. 

How Chiropractic Differs

     There is a significant and very important difference between the way chiropractors and medical doctors approach health ailments.  When evaluating and treating patients, chiropractors take a holistic approach which includes identifying and correcting the cause(s) of the patient's health ailment.  In contrast, the medical approach tends to focus more on the treating the symptoms of a condition rather than focusing primarily on the actual cause(s).  Chiropractors believe that correcting the cause of the problem provides significant long term benefits over only treating the symptoms.
Stages of Care
     The typical patient will encounter 3 stages of care.  The first stage focuses on symptomatic relief such as reduction of pain and other discomforts.  The following stage addresses tissue healing and function normalization.  The final stage consists of periodic spinal care to prevent the formation of new injuries, minimize future flare-ups of old injuries, and prevent degenerative spinal processes from occuring.
  1. Relief Care
    Relief Care
  2. Corrective Care
    Corrective Care
  3. Wellness Care
    Wellness Care
*Relief care is the first stage of care for most patients.  The primary goal during this initial stage is to provide the individual with symptomatic relief.  Treatments focus on those techniques and therapies which most quickly and effectively reduce pain and other discomforts.  This will allow the majority of individuals to continue their activities of daily living.  Patients are generally recommended to "take it easy" but are encouraged to stay mobile and functional so long as there is not a risk of further injury or tissue damage.  Therapies that reduce inflammation and muscle spasm are also used during this stage when present.
*The second stage of care consists of correcting the problems which caused and contributed to the condition and healing and rehabilitating the injured tissues.  Unless these events take place, a favorable outcome in unlikely and future recurrences of the problem are likely.  It is extrememly important that the patient comply with and follow the intructions given by the doctor during this stage of care.  Tissues and structures that are not fully healed and rehabilitated are prone to future problems.  Sticking to appointments, complying with home exercises and instructions and following all other recommendations will help insure this occurs.  Patients should also be aware that once pain and discomfort have subsided, tissue healing and functional correction is many times still incomplete and will often require additional treatments.
*Once the spinal tissues are healed and spinal biomechanics have normalized the patient will be recommended to continue with periodic spinal checkups.  For some this might mean once per year, for others this may mean once per month or more.  Chiropractic spinal checkups provide similar benefits to the soine that dental checkups provide to the teeth.  Namely, catching minor problems and disturbances before they have the opportunity to cause pain, discomfort and irreversible tissue changes.  Just like with cavities and heart attacks, irreversible tissue damge has generally occurred before the symptoms of spinal pain and discomfort become apparent.
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Monday, Wednsday 
10:00am to1:00pm and
3:00pm to 6:00pm
Friday
8:00am to 1:00pm

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday we are Closed.
Nigro Family Chiropractic p.a.
13 S. Main Street
Cape May Court House, New Jersey
08210
          
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