Giulio Cogo, DC
Jeff Ewing, DC

5889 Whitmore Lake Road
Brighton, MI 48116
office (810) 227-7799
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Chiropractic FAQs

The nervous system as the primary control mechanism of the body is an undisputed scientific fact. Its relationship with the spine is the focus of the practice of chiropractic.

The spine has two primary functions:
(1) allow for freedom of movement and
(2) house and protect the spinal cord.

When the vertebrae of the spine become misaligned:
(1) the range of motion becomes limited and
(2) spinal nerves emerging from the spinal cord are compromised.

Doctors of Chiropractic use the term "subluxation" to describe such disruptions. Interruption of nerve flow can eventually lead to pain, disability, and an overall decrease in the quality of life.

Correcting subluxations with chiropractic adjustments has been shown to have significant, lasting health benefits. Through the adjustment of the spine, the doctor of chiropractic endeavors to restore normal vertebral alignment which allows the body to function properly.

Studies conducted according to the highest scientific standards and published by organizations not affiliated in any way with chiropractic institutions or associations continue to show the clinical appropriateness and effectiveness of chiropractic care. One of the most recent, funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health, stated emphatically that:

"On the evidence, particularly the most scientifically valid clinical studies, spinal manipulation applied by chiropractors is shown to be more effective than alternative treatments for low back pain... There would be highly significant cost savings if more management of low back pain was transferred from physician to chiropractors.

Chiropractic is one of the safest, non-invasive, drug free treatments for musculoskeletal complaints.

Of the nearly one million adjustments given every day in this country, complications are exceedingly rare. Chiropractic has an excellent safety record. However, no type of treatment is completely free of side effects. The most common complaint following adjustment is mild soreness that usually resolves within 24 hours.

Your spine is under constant strain during waking hours. Improper lifting techniques, poor posture, accidents, falls and bumps, and other causes can contribute to spinal strain. Timely adjustments can help restore the neuromusculoskeletal integrity of the spine to normalize the bodily equilibrium and increase resistance.

Chiropractic patients range in years from birth to old age. Regardless of age, the vertebrae can become misaligned. For example, the birth process may cause trauma to the neck and spine. Left uncorrected, the vertebral subluxation may disturb the delicate spinal cord and nerves which control the growing muscles and organs. An early chiropractic checkup may detect many spinal problems while they are still easily correctable.

Children are very active and experience many types of falls and injury in the course of their days,

Chiropractors do not include medication or surgery in their treatment program. Chiropractors maintain that the body has a built-in capacity to restore health within certain limits, and base their care on this principle. Occasionally, the use of medication can interfere with the body's healing mechanisms, produce side effects, create a dependence and lead to drug-caused disease or complications. The first response in most illnesses and injuries should be conservative care. Chiropractic's principles make it possibly the safest and most appealing of the healing arts.

Because of the additional weight and stress on the framework of the body in pregnant women, chiropractic adjustments can help lower the incidence of pain in the low back and legs, and between the shoulder blades. In some cases, fewer headaches and problems with nausea and elimination may also result. Many chiropractors care for expectant mothers in the regular course of their daily practices. It is wise, however, to first inquire about the experience of your chiropractor in caring for pregnant women and what he or she recommends for you.