Personal Message from Dr. David:
I am a doctor that focuses on correcting the structural alignment of the body under the influences of gravity. I understand how important that correction is as it has a direct influence on the joints and the nervous system, which controls every function of our body. The spine houses the central nervous system which is the information superhighway between the brain and the body. The basic philosophy behind what I do, gravitational postural alignment, is to determine, and correct, causes of structural misalignment in the spine, subluxation, rather than just treating the symptom, as a symptom is nothing more than the body trying to bring conscious attention to a problem area in the body. Correcting the alignment (structural symmetry) will result in correction of both the cause, and the symptom, even when there may be no apparent connection. Misalignment often causes muscles to compensate elsewhere in an attempt to hold the body upright against gravity. When you are not structurally aligned this changes the attachment (origin and insertion) of muscles to hold the body upright, thus causing muscle, tendon, and ligament changes to compensate for the body not being symmetrically aligned with gravity. The body is designed to send constant feedback to the brain as to where it is in relationship to the forces being placed upon each joint, from gravity or other levers. Each joint in your body has nerves which send information to the brain (afferent) of how gravity is pulling on the joints and muscles. In return, the brain gives feedback (efferent) to stabilize the body against gravity by adjusting muscular tension and length in order to respond to the structurally altered weight bearing area.
“Nerves that fire together, wire together”
Inherently, three key proprioceptive (balance signals to the brain) areas must have stability in order for the body to maintain a structurally aligned posture; the feet, the sacrum (tail bone), and the occiput (base of the skull). Based upon coordinated balance (proprioceptive) input received from these areas to the brain, the body will structurally deform to hold the eyes level with the horizon in an upright weight-bearing position against gravity. Long-standing over-activation or stimulation of abnormal joint reflexes causes change in spinal cord memory that eventually “burns a groove” in the central nervous system, as the brain and cord are unknowingly saturated, with a constant stream of inappropriate coordinated balance (proprioceptive) information. Regrettably, the brain comes to rely on this faulty, weight-bearing feedback that determines established posture. The brain simply forgets the proper innate (in-born/natural) alignment.
This upright posture misalignment results from the brain causing the body to keep the eyes level with the horizon. The body continues to move against gravity misaligned, and the ongoing compensation patterns, created to keep the body aligned with gravity, will also lead to decreased function, strength and range of motion, as well as improper nerve conduction flow from the brain back and forth to the body. Signs and symptoms of this often manifest in the patient body as: fasciitis, tendonitis, trigger points, inhibited tight muscles, referral pain, decreased coordination, poor balance, decreased reflexes, arthritis, joint degeneration, loss of joint motion, decreased eye hand coordination, headaches, numbness, tingling, muscle weakness, atrophy, joint pain, depression, psychosocial disorders, mood swings, as well as a host of other ailments that affect the body and the organs.
Structural alignment goes hand and hand with muscle length. In order to achieve the maximum potential of a muscle group, it must be equal/symmetrical in length. This allows the muscle to provide equal recruitment from other muscle groups and proprioceptive (coordinated balance) feedback to the brain via the peripheral nervous system (nerves from the body back to the spinal cord). The job of skeletal muscles is to stabilize the joints by changing its tension to accommodate movement or to hold the joint stable in one position. When the joint changes position, the muscle must respond by changing tension. Thus initiating the theory that muscles can be turned on and off depending on joint alignment. If the joint structure is misaligned, muscle tension will remain for joint stability. Or, muscle groups will be inhibited in order to keep the body aligned with gravity. This can cause muscle groups or individual muscles to overwork, or underwork, and tear, form adhesions, tender/trigger points, etc. In order to have maximal muscle balance and strength, the joint structures of the upright body must be equally aligned with gravity.
It is important to note that when the body is out of structural alignment, exercise will produce uneven and uncoordinated muscular activity due to uneven muscle lengths from improper joint positioning, thus producing uneven cartilage erosion and arthritic changes (plastic deformation). Therefore, it is imperative to determine and correct the structural cause, in order to prevent injury and retain optimal function.
Our goal is to create symmetrically equal weight bearing, structural postural alignment. Further consideration is a concern that nerve and innate healing energy is disrupted, as a result of a distorted and dysfunctional weight bearing spine.
It is truly an honor to serve you as your doctor of chiropractic. Our mission and vision is to be the best in the eyes of our practice members as we help them to restore structural function, achieve stabilization of the nervous system, help the body heal itself, and live life at its optimal potential.
To Your Health,
Dr. Dave Vik
Chiropractic care is about much more than symptom relief. Chiropractors provide their patients with vital, preventative, and non-invasive health care through regular checks and adjustments. At the center of that specialized and trained care is an expert understanding of the science of vertebral subluxation.
A vertebral subluxation occurs when one or more vertebrae in the spine become misaligned, compressing spinal nerves and disturbing optimal nerve function. Chiropractic’s primary focus involves locating, analyzing and correcting these misalignments.
Vertebral Subluxation in the History of Chiropractic
The term “subluxation” has a long history in the healing practices, dating back to the time of Hippocrates, the ancient Greek physician regarded as the “Father of Medicine.” The word refers to a dislocation or displacement and has been integral to chiropractic education since the very beginning. Chiropractic’s founder, D.D. Palmer, reasoned that even a slight misaligned vertebra could cause pressure on the spinal cord or nerves.
Chiropractors use adjustments to restore joint function and support the nervous system.
They help patients maintain optimal health while avoiding unnecessary drugs or surgery.
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“Chiropractors have found in every disease that is supposed to be contagious, a cause in the spine,” wrote B.J. Palmer, the famous developer of chiropractic, in 1909. “In the spinal column, we will find a subluxation that corresponds to every type of disease.”
As chiropractic science is concerned with preserving and restoring health, it focuses particular attention on subluxations of the tiny bones of the spine. A vertebral subluxation happens when one or more of bones of the spine are out of position and compress spinal nerves. These nerves are the primary communication link between the body to the brain. Pressure on these nerves interferes with the communication between the body and the brain, which may cause organs, tissues, and cells not to function properly. Chiropractic identifies, analyzes and helps correct these disturbances to restore the body’s natural balance and the potential for self-healing.
How a Subluxation Interferes with Optimal Health
A subluxation interrupts the proper operation of the body’s nerve system, compromising the maintenance of optimal health. The human body consists of several interrelated systems, functioning with an innate intelligence to adapt to changes in our internal environment and the world around us. Every moment, impulses are delivered between the brain and the body’s 100 trillion cells to coordinate every movement and function. Impulses send this intricate information through the nerve connections in our spine. When vertebrae become subluxated because of any number of factors, interference results in the body’s communication process, negatively affecting functions and performance.
Short-term and regular chiropractic care have a number of benefits including:
spinal and extremity pain relief
increased mobility and range of motion
decreased stiffness and muscular spasms
arthritic joint pain relief
increased joint health
increased performance and energy
increased sense of well-being and relaxation
increased balance and coordination
reduced degeneration and risk of injury
enhanced tissue healing
decreased tissue inflammation
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