Many of us recognise how important human connection is in our lives. Being loved, valued and cared for is crucial for our development and our greater society. Similarly, our brains need to be connected too — connected to every single cell, organ and tissue in our entire body. The nervous system is responsible for this connection.
Think you don’t need to worry about your nervous system unless you have pain or symptoms? Think again. Our nervous system regulates energy, mood, stress, sleep, gut health, mental clarity, and much more.
Located between the vertebrae in our spine are vital nerve receptors that are constantly sending messages to our brain. If these receptors aren't well connected it can throw our whole body out of balance, leading to an array of health problems.
“Chiropractic is not designed to make you instantly feel better, it’s designed to make you instantly heal better.”
You will receive intake forms to fill out before your first appointment, to enable your chiropractor to gain a thorough understanding of your health history.
The goal in the first phase of care is to teach the brain new, healthy neurological patterns, to help the body begin to heal.
Once the brain starts to learn new, healthier patterns, the tissues in the body will begin to adapt to this new way of functioning.
We should care for our spine the same way we care for our teeth; with daily good habits and regular check-ups by a professional, regardless of any pain or symptoms.
During your first visit, your chiropractor will get to understand you and your personal health goals. They will conduct a thorough physical examination to assess for areas in your spine where your brain may not be receiving the nerve messages it needs. Neurological tests will be performed to assess the health of the connection between your brain and your body. If your chiropractor is unable to help you, you will be referred to a health specialist who can.
Over the years, we are exposed to physical stressors (such as poor posture and lack of exercise), emotional stressors (such as arguments and work stress), and chemical stressors (such as toxins in foods and poor nutrition), which all bring our body out of balance. Initially, you will quickly fall back into the old patterns that have formed in the body as a response to stress over the years.
It takes time and repetition to bring the body back into balance, so in the first phase of care you will be adjusted a minimum of two times per week (depending on how long your issues have been present).
There are many tissues surrounding the spine – like muscles, discs, fascia, ligaments and tendons – and the healing time of these tissues is 12 weeks. You will initially still fall back into old patterns as your body is exposed to the stresses of everyday life, but the time it takes for this to happen starts to get longer and longer between your adjustments.
You will be adjusted on average once per week during the stabilisation phase.
Your spine will be checked and adjusted on an ongoing basis for as long as you feel it is best serving you. Along with exercising, eating well and taking care of your emotional health, chiropractic care is a vital pillar in leading a vibrant and fulfilling life.
Most people get adjusted once every two, three or four weeks, depending on their lifestyle. Your health is a journey and we will be there to support you in achieving your health goals.
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