Chiropractor Rotterdam

What is Chiropractic?

“Look well to the spine for the cause of disease.” Hippocrates

A holistic method to help you feel, move and function at your best

Chiropractic is a method of finding, analyzing and correcting dysfunctions in the way the joints in the spine move and function.

There is a little more to chiropractic than the few cracks you hear when the treatment is performed! The adjustment, or the cracking of the joints, is one of the methods used to restore the normal movement of the vertebrae in the spine or in the joints of the pelvis. However, there are many other techniques that can be used, some much gentler, all with the same goal of correcting blockages or dysfunctions in the spine and other joints in the skeletal system.

When the body does not move as one

Every bone, articulation in the body can move in different directions and can become blocked into one of those positions. In other words, a joint dysfunction is simply a bone which is not moving the way it should.
The body is made to move as one. Every part of it, from the skin to the bones, past the tendons, fascia and ligaments, is made to move as a unit. If you move your little toe, it creates movement all the way to the top of your head!

So what happens when one or more parts can’t move properly? The rest begin to compensate for that lack of movement.
When a joint in your spine gets stuck, the joints above, below and the surrounding muscles start to function in a suboptimal way. Sometimes that means they overwork, other times that they work less. Over time, this leads to areas of tension, stiffness and pain, or muscles that are underworking and atrophied.
Relaxing the stiff muscles or strengthening the ones that can’t work properly can help and is extremely important. However, as long as the joints do not move as they should, the problem will likely continue to recur.

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Postural problems? Back, neck, shoulder pain or headaches?

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What causes joint dysfunctions/blockages?

In most cases, musculoskeletal problems do not arise from a single event. Even the well known back or shoulder pain that occurs after picking up a grocery bag incorrectly or from some other everyday mundaine movement is usually part of a process that takes months, often years.

These problems are often caused by a combination of multiple factors. It is possible that an ankle injury as a teenager led to a change in your walking pattern that developed into lower back pain several years later. However, the most important factor is often daily stresses. The way a person sits at their desk, sleeps, lack of exercise, stress, always sitting with the same leg crossed or constantly carrying their bag on the same shoulder.

How can a chiropractor help?

A chiropractor is an expert at analyzing your posture and the movement of the joints, bones in your body to determine exactly which ones are not moving properly. Precise adjustments are then made in a specific direction and with the right amount of force to restore the movement and position of the joint or joints.

The corrections made by the chiropractor help to create a solid foundation in the spine on which to then build.

The correction and healing process

The body needs time to change and adapt, for the worse and for the better. Symptoms are an unreliable way to determine what is really going on with the body, and a good example of this would be a heart attack. As soon as the chest pain begins, it is already too late, the problems have long since built up in the arteries.
The same thing happens with musculoskeletal complaints, such as back, neck and shoulder pain. Once the balance in the body changes, muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia start functioning differently and become overloaded. These structures are put under stress which they were not designed to handle, and over time they begin to wear out, become strained and irritated. The nerves around the area begin to send pain signals to the brain, which is the body’s way of saying something is wrong.

Once the joints begin to move better because of the chiropractic adjustments, the body takes time to stabilize and adjust. The muscles begin to contract and relax differently, and the tendons and ligaments may come under a little more pressure than they are used to. The connective tissue may also need to lengthen or shorten to better support the joints and the rest of the structure. This can cause some discomfort, and is the main cause of the muscle pain some people experience after their treatment.
Once mobility in the joints is restored and the surrounding structures begin to adjust, mobility improves, irritation begins to decrease and pain begins to subside.

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