chiropractic 101 | a brief introduction

Chiro. 101

Basic information describing the art, science, and philosophy of chiropractic.

chiropractic 101 | Autonomic Nervous System

Health is not an absence of symptoms but rather your body functioning at its optimum potential. Chiropractic advocates prevention of disease by addressing underlying causes of illness before they become symptomatic. Chiropractic is the largest and most popular drug-free healthcare system in the world. Many different health issues may actually be caused by misalignments of the spinal column which are called subluxations.

chiropractic 101 | what is Subluxation?

PHYSICAL STRESS car accidents, sports injuries, and poor posture.

CHEMICAL STRESS junk food, medications (prescription and over-the-counter), as well as caffeine, alcohol and nicotine.

EMOTIONAL STRESS work, home life, or finances.

Because none of us live in a bubble, we all have an assortment of these different stresses in our lives that negatively impact our health. Once a subluxation occurs, the only way to correct the injury is through chiropractic manipulation which corrects the misalignment of the spine freeing your body from structural distortions and nervous system stress. In essence, chiropractic treatment allows your body to heal itself as our bodies are amazing self-healing machines. Health comes from the inside out, not outside in!

chiropractic 101 | How You Can Avoid Drugs & Even Surgery

Unfortunately, when some people begin to suffer from health problems, they take medications which may only mask the symptoms rather than fix the underlying cause of the disease process. That allows the health concern to actually worsen because the cause is not being addressed and can lead to chronic health issues.

Many chiropractic patients have been able to avoid drugs or even surgery by having their subluxation corrected with spinal manipulation. I recommend that for most health issues, try chiropractic first as it is very conservative, non-invasive and safe before proceeding to drugs or surgery. Also, people who absolutely must be on medications, like cancer patients, still benefit from the immune-boosting potential of chiropractic care, making it a wonderful adjunct to traditional medicine.

chiropractic 101 | How We Can Help Your Entire Family

In my office, I treat the entire family as my patients are of all ages, from infants to elderly. People with all kinds of health problems including colds, flu, allergies, hearing problems, ear infections, spinal or disc problems, pain, whiplash, arthritis, insomnia, stress, vision problems, headaches, PMS, bed wetting, colic, and even high blood pressure have received positive results from chiropractic care.

Children and infants received many benefits from chiropractic treatments in which chronic ear infections and attention deficit disorder among other childhood ailments often respond positively to natural, non-invasive, and safe management. Women during pregnancy have many new stresses as their bodies go through dramatic transformations; chiropractic care assists the spine in adjusting to these new stresses and allows for easier labor and delivery. In addition, optimal fetal positioning, including correcting breech position, may be achieved through specific chiropractic adjustments.


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Dr. Brayton's philosophy on health emphasizes prevention and wellness. A specialist in pediatrics and maternity, she is passionate about helping her patients live happier lives.

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