We work with your whole body
There’s more to the spine than bones. The spinal column is the communication hub between the brain and the nerves throughout your body.
Your body is an integrated system
Your brain’s job is to work with your spinal cord to talk and listen to your entire body through the peripheral nervous system so that everything works together. It’s an integrated system. Everything depends on everything else.
How the brain, central nervous system, and peripheral nervous system work together.
About spinal misalignment
Your spine misaligns to protect the spinal cord
In the event of trauma or stress, your body reacts defensively, shifting its structure to protect the spinal cord. This shift, however, creates tension that can disrupt communications throughout the whole body.
Spinal misalignment distresses the entire body
This systemic tension can produce symptoms from pain to muscle spasms to stomach upset to sleeplessness to depression.
With its communication system disrupted, the nervous system is less able to release tension, correct misalignments or respond to additional stressors. This prompts the body to hold on even more tenaciously to its defensive position of tension and misalignment.
Wilke Chiropractic’s goal is to encourage the spine to realign itself so the nervous system can function properly.
The trouble with cracking
The conventional approach to chiropractic care is to try to realign the spine by forcing vertebrae back into their pre-trauma position so the central nervous system can function properly.
Trying to force bones into a different position won’t help your brain and nervous systems figure out better ways of communicating with each other or responding to stressors.
Why forceful adjustments don’t always work
Your spine is held in position, not by its bones, but by its muscles, ligaments, discs, and tendons. Forceful adjustments don’t always work because they don’t work as well with the body as a whole, integrated system.
Your body knows best when and how to let go of tension, allowing the spine to realign itself. Forceful adjustments may not be in the right place at the right time to allow this process to evolve. Through the gentle care at Wilke Chiropractic & Wellness, your body is allowed to do what it knows is best for you.
Forceful adjustments, when administered at the wrong place at the wrong time in a repeated manner can cause microscopic tearing of the ligaments, creating a more unstable spine.
What the cracking sound is and isn’t
The sound you hear when a chiropractor performs a thrust on your back or into your neck is not necessarily the sound of re-alignment. It is the sound that the vacuum between the vertebrae makes when they are suddenly separated, similar to the sound a suction cup makes when you pull it off a window.
It’s dramatic. But it doesn’t always mean that the correct adjustment was made.