Benefits of Chiropractic

At Tigges Chiropractic treatment for a variety of neuromusculoskeletal conditions is gaining wider acceptance among the medical professional. Because students of chiropractic spend significantly more time studying the spine than do medical students, many medical doctors recognize the value of chiropractors as the appropriate source for diagnosis of and first line of treatment for functional disorders of the entire musculoskeletal system.

M.D.s now categorize chiropractic manipulation with the highest rating: “Generally accepted, well-established and widely used.” Spine, 1991. North American Spine Society.

“A majority of family physicians (in Washington) admitted having encouraged patients to see a chiropractor, and two-thirds indicated a desire to learn more about what chiropractors do.”

The Journal of Family Practice, 1992. “Family Physicians and Chiropractors: What’s Best for the Patient?”

“Our trial showed that chiropractic is a very effective, more effective than conventional hospital outpatient treatment for low-back pain…particularly in patients…who have severe problems.” T.W. Meade, MD

“The only difference that I can see is that patients at John F. Kennedy get chiropractic manipulations. And in my experience, the patients J.F.K. almost without fail get out of the hospital in a week. At Lutheran, it usually takes, oh, not uncommonly, 14 days.” Per Frietag, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon, on why he prefers to admit patients with back pain to John F. Kennedy Hospital, which has staff chiropractors, rather than Lutheran General, which does not have staff chiropractors.

“Manipulative medicine is no longer a taboo topic.” Norton Hadler, M.D., self-described “cantankerous doctor who would have never dealt with manipulation in the past,” professor of rheumatology, University of North Carolina Medical School at Chapel Hill, Time Magazine, 1991

“Ten years ago if you practiced manipulation…you couldn’t get published and were never invited to meetings. Now I can’t keep up with the invitations.” Neurologist Scott Haldeman, M.D., D.C., New York Times, 1991

What is Chiropractic Care?

For over 100 years, chiropractic care has produced significant results in treating a wide variety of health problems.

The heart of chiropractic is care of the backbone – it is well documented that the majority of all back problems are mechanical, meaning the vertebrae don’t move properly, and the muscles are out of balance. Stiffness develops in joints that are locked together. This can progress into degenerative arthritis. Misalignments, or subluxations, can result in pressure on muscles, ligaments and even nerves. When your body is stressed mechanically beyond what it can normally handle, other systems in the body can be affected. Every body organ and every essential function for your health is connected to your spinal cord. Nurturing this delicate relationship between the nervous system and the way the body functions is the philosophy of chiropractic.

How do vertebrae get out of alignment?

It’s easier than you think. The research shows over 90% is an accumulation of things you go through in daily living. Poor posture, sleeping habits, and bending and lifting techniques are as much to blame as slips, falls, accidents and other traumas. By gently training your vertebrae back into place through chiropractic adjustments, all the systems of your body can work together as they are intended. Because of its non-invasive nature, chiropractic care is the preferred first line of both treatment and prevention for a wide variety of health problems, and around the world, research studies have overwhelmingly verified this conservative form of treatment.

What is Proper Spinal Alignment?

Proper spinal alignment is essential for normal health and pain-free living. Proper spinal curves permit normal turning and bending. Openings between joints allow nerve roots to exit the spine without interference. The edges of the bones are smooth and well defined. Equal disc spacing is a sign of healthy spinal function.