Chiropractic: A Good Start to Good Health

What comes to mind when we think of chiropractic and the likely chiropractic patient? Aches and pains are top on most people’s list and therefore, not surprising that the greatest number of those who seek this service tend to be older. It is no secret that as we age, optimum body function is generally on a decline. Chiropractic care is not only a good choice to overcome the aches and pains of getting older because it is natural and non-invasive, but also because its goal is to ensure the body functions optimally at all ages.

Body malfunctions or disease occurs when it either fails to adapt or does to a degree which is not adequate to cope. Adaptation is dependent on communication in the body. The brain controls all function in the body and for it to adapt and function adequately, there should be no interference to that communication. Interference can occur when there is pressure anywhere in the spine where the nerves exit between the bones from the spinal cord as they branch out to the body. Bones can misalign anywhere in the spine putting pressure on the nerves. This is called a vertebral subluxation which can result from macro trauma like a car accident or micro trauma like sneezing or sleeping on your stomach. Posture imbalance, muscle spasms on the spine, joint pain, stiffness in the neck or low back, headaches and overall poor health can all be symptoms of vertebral subluxation.

Early on is when one can benefit the most from chiropractic care. It paves the way to a healthier life with fewer aches and pains later, as would normally be the case without it. The benefits of chiropractic, however, can be reaped long before a child is born. Given that chiropractic strives to ensure that the body functions at its optimum by removing any interference to nervous communication, care during pregnancy would benefit not only the mother, but would in turn mean better conditions for the baby growing in her womb.

Because of the hormonal changes that take place during pregnancy, which serve to prepare the mother-to-be for labor, back pain is not uncommon during the later part of the pregnancy. These hormonal changes take place in order to make the ligaments holding the pelvic region together, a little more elastic as they prepare to be stretched during the process of delivery. This means that during the term of the pregnancy itself, the woman is more than likely–than when not pregnant–to have her pelvic bones misalign. These misalignments can in turn cause subluxations in the rest of the spine, primarily the lower back, as it compensates given that the pelvic region is the foundation for the spinal column.

Nerves that serve the reproductive organs, like the uterus, ovaries and that general area, all originate in the lower back or lumbar spine. These low back subluxations interfere with the nerve communication between the brain and the body, especially to the organs which are directly involved in the development of the fetus. Low back pain resulting from subluxations of the pelvic bones can be relieved with help from a chiropractor. More importantly, however, this will make the mother’s body function better to ensure that her baby has the best conditions to grow healthy.

This should not be the last time, however, that the baby reaps the benefits of chiropractic care, but rather, the beginning. The delivery process, as we know, is quite traumatic on the newborn’s neck. The twisting, turning and pulling involved in this process can also create subluxations in the baby’s neck which can have a negative impact on their health as a child, and on into adulthood if not corrected. It is ideal to have the child’s neck checked as soon as possible to prevent potential health problems. This would ensure a subluxation-free start to a life of good health for the child. Babies that are under chiropractic care have been found to experience less ear infections and other health problems that are common in infants and to be more resistant to infections. As the baby grows into a healthy child and stays under chiropractic care, he/she will continue draw great results.

With the new year, many of us hope to make changes to better ourselves and make improvements in our lives. In addition to resolutions like eating healthy, losing weight and exercising, add chiropractic care to your lifestyle. It is natural, non-invasive and quite affordable when you consider the benefits. It not only prevents the symptoms of bone misalignments, but also ensures that there is no interference to communication between the brain and body, therefore, maximizing the body’s ability to adapt to change and thus giving you and your family better health.

Dr. Tapiwa Chiwawa graduated from the Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg South Carolina where he studied Chiropractic and specialized in a rare branch of Chiropractic called Upper Cervical care which focuses on the neck. For more information he can be reached at the email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at (575)-520-2318.


Winter 2013
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