An injury, and the resulting pain, are the most common reasons that people seek chiropractic care, according to Dr.George I. Traitses of Scarborough/Markham, local Ontario Chiropractic Association (OCA) representative.
“As the treatment progresses, the pain gradually diminishes. However, it is important to understand that chiropractic care does not treat the pain, it treats the problem,” says Dr. Traitses.
Pain is a symptom that something is wrong but it is often the final symptom, only present in the very late stages of a health problem. For example, a cavity may be present for years before a toothache develops. Or, a heart attack may be the first symptom that a cardiovascular problem exists.
Says Dr. Traitses, “The spinal situation is much the same: nerve impulses may be blocked by dysfunctional vertebrae (bones) in the spine — called subluxation by chiropractors — without causing pain. That’s possible because some 85 per cent of nerve fibres do not transmit pain signals. So, although the messages normally transmitted throughout the body by nerve impulses are being interrupted, there are no apparent symptoms.”
The nervous system acts as the body’s master controller, much like a computer or telephone system. Our brains are constantly receiving information from and transmitting messages to all the tissues and organs in the body, although we are not aware of the process. Through this feedback loop, the nervous system’s job is to ensure that the entire body is functioning optimally.
“Chiropractic treatment corrects the subluxations and allows the nervous system to perform at its best, therefore allowing the body to be as healthy as possible,” says Dr. Traitses.
Chiropractors are licensed as doctors, authorized to diagnose and treat conditions concerning the spine, muscle and nervous systems. Chiropractors work to promote optimal health and wellness through positive lifestyle changes.
The OCA is a voluntary membership organization representing more than 1,800 Ontario chiropractors. The objectives of the Association include public education and research devoted to improving the quality of health care for the citizens of Ontario.
Written by Dr George Traitses