Q&A with Dr. Barry
Even if you've been getting adjustments for years, you probably have questions.
The more you know, the better you can care for your health!
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is the Art, Science and Philosophy of locating and correcting spinal subluxations (aka malpositioned or "stuck" spinal bones).
These spinal subluxations will cause nerve irritation or pinching and thus interfere with your nerve system’s function.
Why is it important to correct subluxations?
When a spinal bone is subluxated (stuck) it can damage the nerve system. If the stuck bone pinches the nerve then the nerve activity is reduced, this is similar to having a circuit blown in your house. If the stuck bone irritates the nerve, the nerve activity is increased similar to when your radio is tuned in between two different stations where all you hear is static and a jumble of words and music.
Either way, a subluxation interferes with the normal messages and energy that needs to pass along those nerves.Your body requires the energy and information conducted through those nerves to keep all its organs and tissues functioning optimally. Less than 100% nerve flow means less than optimum health. By correcting a subluxation the interference is removed from the nerve system.
Can Chiropractic help me?
Chiropractic care can benefit everyone on some level. It just depends on what a person’s specific health goal is. Fortunately not all Chiropractic offices are the same.
You need to find the Chiropractor you resonate with and that you have confidence in. If you go to a Chiropractor (or any doctor) that you do not feel good about or who does not seem to serve you best, then find another Chiropractor (or doctor).
I know I still did not answer your question "Can Chiropractic help me?" The answer is, "We have to find out."
A Chiropractic evaluation and discussion of your health concerns and goals is needed to determine how Chiropractic can help.
Can Chiropractic work with children and seniors?
Absolutely! I always say that if you have a spine you should have it checked and cared for by a Chiropractor. Just as you see a dentist for as long as you have teeth, you should see a Chiropractor for as long as you have a spine.
The key to adjusting and caring for different types of people of different ages is to use the precise amount of energy to move the stuck bone. The correct amount of pressure, at just the right spot, in the perfect direction, at just the right time is what gets the spine moving again. Chiropractic adjusting is an art, it takes years to learn and master it.
Regardless of age, just about anyone can be adjusted.
From newborns to seniors, and from the athlete to the failed spinal surgery patient, all may benefit. The key is to use skill and knowledge to tailor the care to each individual, the way I adjust an infant is very different from the way I would adjust an adult.
Why is the nerve system so important?
The nerve system is the way your body communicates to all the muscles, tissues, and organs in your body.
When the nerve system is interfered with, your body cannot work properly. (Think about a person with a spinal cord injury or with multiple sclerosis. Are they able to function optimally? Do they have good health?)
Damaged nerves to any organ, gland, muscle or body part will weaken that tissue and cause it to malfunction. This weakened and malfunctioning body part may break down and some of the tissue cells may die.
The longer the subluxation and nerve damage exist, the more the tissue will weaken and die. This is why subluxations and their resultant nerve damage are so destructive to your health.
How do I know if I need to see a Chiropractor? Can my medical doctor tell me?
It takes someone skilled to examine the structures of your spine and body to determinewhen you have subluxations. While medical doctors are very adept at studying illnesses and managing diseases, they have spent precious little time in understanding spinal mechanics. Because of this they are generally not able to accurately detect subluxations.
Chiropractors, on the other hand, spend much of their 7-9 years of college education studying normal function of the spine and nerve system. We learn how to detect subluxations and how to correct them. We focus on health and wellness and vitality. Chiropractors are truly the leaders in the field of Health and Wellness.
Will I always know if I have a subluxation?
The problem is that you can have subluxations and not know it. Just like tooth decay, high blood pressure or cancer, you may have a subluxation long before any warning signs appear. A chiropractic spinal check-up can determine the location and severity of any subluxation you may have.
How do I get rid of a spinal subluxation?
A Chiropractor will adjust (move) your subluxation (stuck bone) by pressing or pushing on the stuck bone. By moving the stuck bones the pressure on the nerve is released thus restoring clear communication between your brain and your body. This allows your body to function optimally.
That is the BIG IDEA of chiropractic, to move (adjust) those stuck bones (subluxations).
The only thing that moves those stuck bone is Chiropractic. No drugs, no acupuncture, no vitamins, no herb, no exercise, no physical therapy will move those stuck bones.