Contrary to popular belief, chiropractic care is not all about cracking bones.
It is in fact ‘the art, science and philosophy of restoring the body’s innate ability to self-heal’.
‘Aches and pains are signs that your body isn’t working correctly,’ explained chiropractor Neil Thompson of the Family Wellness Clinic Align 4 Life in Lake Road, Douglas.
‘Your brain, spinal cord and all your nerves control how your body works. Any physical, chemical or emotional stresses produce a defensive posture where muscles contract, locking spinal joints that pinch or irritate nearby nerves. This garbles nerve communications between your brain and your body and therefore sets the stage for disease and ill health.
‘When your nervous system doesn’t work correctly, you don’t work correctly. And when you don’t work correctly, you’re sick! Simple as that.’
Neil, who attended Durban University of Technology in South Africa to become a doctor of chiropractic, said: ‘A thorough examination helps chiropractors find these “subluxations” and applying a precise force to stuck spinal joints they help the body correct itself.
‘Health usually returns as repeated visits restore nervous system integrity. That’s why chiropractic care has helped millions get well and stay well.’
He continued: ‘Distorted nerve communications can be an underlying cause of many health problems beyond just headaches and back pain. For example, they can interfere with nerve impulses going to or from your stomach, causing stomach problems.
‘Your nervous system controls every cell, tissue, organ and system of your body. These nerve impulses travel through your spine. So having a spine free of subluxation is essential for optimal health.’
Chiropractors use various techniques to adjust the spine. Sometimes a specific thrust is used or it can be a slow, constant pressure. Several areas may be adjusted, or just one. Sometimes a popping sound is heard but most patients report a sense of well-being and ease. Everyone can benefit from treatment including newborns, children, seniors and even back surgery patients.
Align 4 Life is a state-of-the-art spine, posture and stress clinic, with a special emphasis on family wellness, although sports injuries are also treated.
The clinic has a special interest in improving the patient’s nervous system by improving their ability to cope with stress and therefore help reduce chronic illness. Its main purpose is to help families reach their optimal health potential. The clinic therefore also offers coaching on how to Eat Well, Move Well and Think Well.
Neil explained: ‘The established health care model sees the body as a machine. With parts that wear out or need attention. It has spawned a variety of disciplines that look at your “parts” such as urologists, cardiologists and orthopedists. Intervention often involves drugs to change the function of the body by artificially changing blood chemistry.
‘But the emerging model is more holistic and recognises the interactivity of the mind, body and spirit. ‘Because you are self-healing, you are greater than the sum of your parts. Care is designed to help restore your body’s balance and integrity. Aches or pains are merely signs of some other underlying problem. In our practice we observe the mechanics of the spine, but see the whole-body effects of a compromised nervous system.Most people associate chiropractic care with headaches, neck and back problems. But we’ve had personal experiences with those suffering from various complaints including bedwetting, asthma and colic.’
He added: ‘Being a classic sceptic I would never have believed 15 years ago that conditions such as indigestion, migraines, depression, alzheimer’s and infertility could be helped, and in many cases overcome, by improving nervous system function, diet, exercise, and right thinking. ‘However, it was having the pleasure of witnessing miraculous changes in the lives of many of my patients that eventually convinced me this was true!
‘I myself get adjusted on a weekly basis, and I have not needed to take medication of any sort in almost five years.’
To find out more call the clinic on 629444 or visit www.isleofmanchiropractor.com