Your Spine and Your Health

Your brain is the central controller for your body. It communicates with every cell, tissue and organ in your body through a complex network of neural pathways. The primary avenue for this network is your spinal cord, which runs down the middle of your spine.

The nervous system branches out from the spine throughout its entire length. If the vertebrae of your spine become misaligned, the signals traveling along the nerves can become impeded or even blocked. The results of this can be extensive - far beyond back pain or headaches.

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    How Does Your Spine Become Misaligned?

    Most people think that auto accidents, athletic injuries and other violent trauma are the primary causes of vertebrae alignment problems. However the more common ways for a spine to become misaligned revolve around the daily aspects of life: emotional stress and nutrition.

    As stress builds up, muscles tighten, soft tissues are effected and nerve interference is created. Exposure to chemicals that are present in many “fast foods” and artificial food substances also cause the body to react negatively. This involves the muscles and the nervous system in what is called the viscerosomatic response.

    Can these minor misalignments really affect your overall health? Absolutely! The affects of a misaligned spine can:

  •   - Lower your resistance to disease
  •   - Slow your body’s healing ability
  •   - Reduce your level of energy and awareness
  •   - Hinder your body’s overall ability to manage itself

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    About Back Pain and Injuries

    Spinal injuries have been categorized as some of the most painful trauma that the human body can experience. The misalignment of vertebrae in your back can pinch and even damage the spinal cord, sending debilitating pain throughout your torso, legs, arms and even your skull.

    When you have been injured, or are recovering from surgeries or other invasive treatment programs, the pain that comes from a misaligned spine can be crippling. Intense pain can make a person fearful of receiving treatment—it hurts so much that you don’t want to let anyone touch it!

    Butterfield Chiropractic specializes in providing gentle, effective treatment to people experiencing pain from spinal injuries. Our therapies are designed to promote rapid healing while giving you relief as quickly as possible.

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    Results and Relief

    Most patients begin to experience relief from pain in just the first couple of adjustments. Regular visits to Butterfield Chiropractic to receive chiropractic and other manual therapy treatments, combined with carefully orchestrated exercises that a patient can do in their own home will result in the fastest recovery from a trauma.

    The overall length of a treatment program varies dramatically based on several factors such as the level of fitness of the patient, the severity of the trauma, diet, follow-through on prescribed exercises and stretching regimens, age, and other mitigating conditions such as medical history and lifestyle choices. Many patients find themselves fully recovered in a few short weeks, while others require a more extended treatment program.

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    What is a Chiropractic Adjustment?

    A chiropractic adjustment typically begins with gentle stretching of the back muscles to warm them and improve their flexibility using a state-of-the-art therapy table. This stretching is so relaxing that it is not uncommon for patients to doze off for a few minutes! Next, a chiropractic adjustment is performed, composed of a precisely executed series of manual application of force directed to the spine. Painless and effective, the objective of these movements is to restore optimal spinal joint alignment and allow the body to resume normal nerve functions.

    The average visit to Butterfield Chiropractic takes very little time. From the time a patient walks into the office until they say goodbye to our receptionist is typically just 15 minutes!

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    Chiropractic Evaluation and Diagnosis

    How often should you receive a chiropractic adjustment? That depends greatly on your overall fitness level, your lifestyle, your work, previous injuries, age, diet and many other factors. Regular adjustments as part of a healthy lifestyle can range from once a week to once every 1 or 2 months.

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