“Chiropractic” comes from the Greek word chiropraktikos, meaning “effective treatment by hand.” Chiropractic stresses the idea that the cause of many disease processes begins with the body’s inability to adapt to its environment. It looks to address these diseases not by the use of drugs and chemicals, but by locating and adjusting a musculoskeletal area of the body which is functioning improperly.
Chiropractic and the Nervous System
Chiropractic is unique in health care because it affects the one system that controls all functions in the body – the nervous system. The nervous system is comprised of the brain, spinal cord, and all the nerves that exit the spine. The body is designed to maintain and heal itself, a function called homeostasis.
Every part of the body is coordinated through the nervous system. The nervous system, the most important system in the body, is constantly receiving messages from every cell, organ, and system. It coordinates every function in our body, including breathing, heart rate, digestion, body temperature, immune system, and many others.
The procedures used to reduce misalignments are known as adjustments. Although there are numerous types and styles of adjusting, the intent is to use a specific force directed through the vertebra to restore proper alignment and function and to ultimately to restore the function of the nervous system. The desired effect is to reestablish full communication between the brain, spinal cord and the rest of the body, thus allowing the body to work properly and maintain homeostasis.
Dr. Rehl uses a variety of techniques, including manual adjusting, drop table, activator (spring-loaded adjusting tool), and gentle respiratory adjustments (no “cracking”). He adjusts people seated, standing, and on the treatment table.
Hesitant about getting “cracked”? Don’t worry! Just let us know and Dr. Rehl will use a technique that addresses those concerns but is still effective. Using adjusting tools or “respiratory adjustments” avoid the manual cavitation (“cracking”), but still help the fixated joint without having to move the neck. Rest assured, Dr. Rehl always wants his patients to have a fantastic treatment session. The last thing we want is for you to feel uncomfortable or scared.