Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Frequently Asked Questions

Sometimes we have questions and sometimes we ask them……other times we make up answers to the questions we never asked. Here are the answers.
General
Chiropractic is a branch of the health sciences which focuses upon the body's neuromusculoskeletal system. A Chiropractor is concerned with how your body's skeletal and nervous system is functioning. Since your spine is the key highway for your central nervous system, a Chiropractor is trained to use a variety of diagnostic methods to examine and treat your spine and bone structure.
Although the major focus of Chiropractic is on the spine and central nervous system, your Chiropractor is concerned with the wellness of your whole body. Since your nervous system determines how well you feel physically, mentally, and emotionally, many problems you are experiencing may be related to a problem with your spine and nervous system.
Chiropractors believe in whole body wellness. Wellness means many things to different people. To your Chiropractor, wellness is the state of health where your body is free of interruption or interference to any part of your nervous system, enabling you full expression and enjoyment of life. Chiropractic care works to ensure that your nervous system is working fine, and this enhances your well being. Your Chiropractor will discover any problems that are interfering with your nervous system and through hands-on-healing will work with you to eliminate them. After Chiropractic care your body will be better able to heal itself. This, in turn, aids your body in maintaining optimum health and contributes to your overall wellness. Chiropractors believe in a holistic approach to health and healing, and have spearheaded this powerful health care trend throughout Australia, Europe and North America.
No, your back can't "go out". The only way that your spine or vertebrae can be "out of place" is if they're dislocated - if that happens you either die or end up in the Spinal Ward. What really happens when we feel something go wrong in our back and it feels like it's "out" is that the vertebrae lock or stick together. Your spine was designed to move all the time, even while you're asleep. While-ever the spine moves, nothing much goes wrong but if the vertebrae lock, stick together or jam then trouble is not far away. The correct term for a locked or jammed vertebra is subluxation.
Within 24 hours of your vertebrae subluxating your body registers that joint as "broken". In order to fix the "broken" joint, the body infuses an enzyme into the cartilaginous joint surface to dissolve the cartilage so it can fuse the "broken" joint together. If we examine a freshly subluxated joint after a couple days we will see that the joint surface and the capsule surrounding the joint is swollen. After a few weeks the joint surface starts to become pitted with small holes. A little longer and the joint surface begins to break down. This then becomes the onset of joint damage, which then leads to Degenerative Joint Disease (Osteoarthritis).
While all this joint damage and irritation is occurring, the surrounding area becomes very inflamed. Inflammation produces a host of nasty biochemical by-products that are highly toxic to nerves. The anatomy of the spine is such that the nerve roots that come from the spinal cord lie right next to the joints. The joints have an enormously rich nerve supply, which is connected to the spinal cord. The toxic byproducts irritate the nerve roots and severely interfere with the nerve's ability to transmit its signals clearly. You may feel this abnormal signal as pain, numbness or pins-and-needles. You may also have no sensation at all. Depending on which nerve and which part of the nerve is affected you may have weakness in a limb or muscle group (too little nerve impulse), cramps or spasms (too much nerve impulse), or you may have changes in the way an organ or organ system works.
No, it's almost impossible to pinch a nerve. Unless there has been extensive narrowing of the discs between the vertebrae or the vertebra is broken there is plenty of room for the nerve to get through without being pinched. If a vertebra subluxates the body produces a lot of inflammation around the joint. The inflammation and its byproducts are quite toxic to the nerve and it's the nerve's response to these toxins and inflammation that we feel as a "pinched nerve".
There are really three questions here:
  1. "How will it take before I feel any better?"
  2. "How long will it take before my spine is working properly?"
  3. "How long will it take before it's as good as it can be?"

Therefore there are three answers. Obviously the answers to these questions will be different for every patient.

Generally:

  • The older the problem, the longer it takes.
  • The older the patient, the longer it takes.
  • The more damage to the joints, the longer it takes.
  • The more other practitioners have unsuccessfully treated it, the longer it takes.

Assuming none of the above factors are outside the average, the usual time periods are:

  1. "How long will it take before I feel any better?" Some patients feel better immediately. Others may not feel any different for 3-4 weeks. Most feel significant improvement within 1-2 weeks.
  2. "How long will it take before my spine is working properly?" The shortest time one could expect here is about 1 month, the longest could be up to 4 months, most common is between 6-10 weeks.
  3. "How long will it take before it's as good as it can be?" The shortest time one could expect here is about 3 months, the longest could be up to 18 months, most common is between 6-12 months.

Why does it take so long to correct when it only hurt recently?

Generally we tend to think of the time-of-onset of the problem and the time-of-onset of the symptoms as being the same thing. They're not. To help us understand this problem lets use a heart attack as an example.

There is a strong hereditary link with heart attacks so most people who have them have the gene that makes it easier for them to have them - but you don't feel that. Then there are the years of poor diet and insufficient exercise - but you don't feel that. There are the years of high blood pressure and high cholesterol - but you don't feel that. Added to the mix is some stress and a buildup of plaque on the coronary arterial walls - but you don't feel that. Eventually a plaque comes loose or simply gets so big that it blocks the artery and you have a heart attack - you do feel that. So when did the heart attack start? When the artery was blocked? With the last meat pie you had or the walk you didn't take? No it began many years before you had any idea that it was even a possibility.

Now that you've had your heart attack, how long will it take for you recover? When they get you to the hospital and the pain is controlled with medication? After you have the triple bypass operation? No, it will take you many months - you may never be completely over it because the tissue is damaged.

Let's put that same process into play with a subluxation. There is a strong hereditary link with vertebral subluxation so most people who have them have the gene that makes it easier for them to have them - but you don't feel that. Then there are the years of incorrect and insufficient exercise - but you don't feel that. There are the years of little bumps and falls and sprains - but you don't feel that. Added to the mix is some stress and a sedentary job - but you don't feel that.

Eventually a joint locks or simply gets so worn, damaged and inflamed that it irritates the nerve and you have a "back attack" - you do feel that. So when did the vertebral subluxation start? When the joint locked? With the last pencil you bent over to pick up or the walk you didn't take? No it began many years before you had any idea that it was even a possibility.

Now that you've had your "back attack", how long will it take for you to recover? When they get you to the hospital and the pain is controlled with medication? After you have the first adjustment? No, it could take you months - if it's bad enough you may never be completely over it because the tissue is damaged.

Joints that are allowed to function incorrectly for a long time become worn and damaged just like parts in your car. They can become so worn and damaged that, regardless of treatment, they are never normal again. The main difference here is that there are no spare parts for you spine.

Usually though, even the most damaged and dysfunctional joints can be helped to some degree. If the problem is truly recent and the damage is not too severe they can usually be returned to complete normality, but it takes time.

Once the pain is gone, do I have to keep coming?

That's entirely up to you. Some people only want to be treated for a specific pain or illness, and when the symptoms disappear they stop going. Others use Chiropractic care to fully correct the underlying cause of the symptoms and to remain feeling really well. Like a car, your body has constant stress and wear, and it benefits from a 'tune-up'. However, which treatment approach you want is always your choice.

If you wanted to get fit and started going to the gym, once you had achieve your desired level of fitness would you then stop exercising? Of course not, you would very soon finish up just as unfit as you were to begin with - you would have wasted all that effort and money. It's the same with your spine. Like exercise, it takes a fair amount of work to get your spine "fit", but once your spine is "fit" it doesn't take much extra work to keep it that way.

Doesn't cost a fortune?

No. Many of the pain-killers and drugs you buy to treat pain and illness cost more than Chiropractic care. Yet Chiropractic care treats more than the symptoms of poor health, it treats the underlying cause. It also helps to restore and maintain good health - without using any drugs.

Maintaining a car costs about $8,500 a year. Chiropractic care costs a fraction of that.

Does it hurt to get your spine adjusted?

Not at all. Chiropractic adjustments are comfortable and safe for the whole family, from infants to pregnant women and the elderly. For hundreds of thousands of Australians, visiting a Chiropractor is just routine - like regular dental check-ups.

Do medical doctors recommend Chiropractic care?

Most do, and many medical doctors and their families are being treated by Chiropractors. Patients are referred to us on a regular basis from GP's, Medical Specialists, Dentists, Physiotherapists and Podiatrists.

What can I do to help myself?

It's vital that you go for a 10-minute walk immediately after your adjustment before you get in the car. If you get in the car and drive immediately after your adjustment you will lose around 50% of the benefit.

The best thing that you can do to help your spine return to normal function is to use it normally. In most cases it's not necessary to put yourself in "cotton wool", simply use your common sense and move frequently and carefully. The more you walk and the more you move - the better you'll be.

How should I lift?

Get Up Close & Personal

  1. Face the object.
  2. Get as close to the object as possible.
  3. Get the best possible grip.
  4. Tuck your bottom under your shoulders.
  5. Test the weight.
  6. Stand up.
  7. Carry the weight as close as you can to your belt buckle - that's where your center of gravity is.


Keep Your Nose Between Your Toes And Your Head Over Your Butt

The forces that your spine must cope with while you're lifting are around 25 times higher if you twist or move the weight out from your body. The further you move the weight away from your body or its' centerline, the greater that magnification factor becomes.

Move Your Feet

This follows on from the point above. If you have to lift something from "here" to "there", face it, lift it, move your feet so you're facing where you want to put it and then put it down the same way you picked it up. Don't lift and twist - especially while you're sitting. That's probably the most common cause of acute low back pain that we see.

How should I sit or sleep?

Sitting

Move your bottom right to the back of the chair so it's resting against the backrest. This will help prevent you slumping. Move your chair up close to your desk so the edge of the desk is almost at your tummy. You may have to rearrange your monitor and keyboard to fit, but it's worth it.

Sleeping

Sleep on your back or your side, not on your tummy. Some people suffering from low back pain find it more comfortable to have a pillow under their knees when they’re on their back or a pillow between their knees when on their side.


Beds

The old concept of a hard bed being good for your back is rubbish. The ideal bed has a rigid or slatted base with a soft mattress. The slatted base prevents the bed from sagging like a banana; the soft mattress allows your body to be supported evenly without pressure spots at the hips or shoulders. The combination of a latex mattress on a slatted base is very good and it has the added benefit that it lasts a very long time.


Pillows

One good pillow is better than two or three old, worn out pillows. General rules of thumb are:

  • The harder your bed - the higher the pillow you need, the softer your bed - the lower the pillow you need.
  • Broader shoulders need a higher pillow; narrower shoulders need a lower pillow.
  • If you sleep mostly on your side you need a higher pillow, if you sleep mostly on your back you need a lower pillow.
  • Fibre, feather or down filled pillows tend to collapse after a short time so we generally recommend either latex or good quality molded polyurethane pillows. Those made by Dunlopillow and Dentons have both shown good results to date.
  • Some people who sleep on their side and have wide hips find that a pillow between their knees at night often eases chronic hip or low back pain.

What should I avoid?

Don't Lie On The Couch

Beds are for lying in, chairs are for sitting in. If you lie on the couch you will mess up your spine faster than it can be corrected. It doesn't matter how comfortable it may feel at the time, if you lie on the couch you will damage your spine - it's that simple.


Don't Fall Asleep In A Chair

Beds are for lying in, chairs are for sitting in. If you fall asleep in a chair you will mess up your spine faster than it can be corrected. It doesn't matter how comfortable it may feel at the time, if you fall asleep on the chair, even it's "just for a couple of minutes", you will damage your spine - it's that simple.


Don't Sit Up In Bed

Beds are for lying in, chairs are for sitting in. If you prop yourself up in bed to read or watch TV you will mess up your spine faster than it can be corrected. It doesn't matter how comfortable it may feel at the time, if you sit up in bed you will damage your spine - it's that simple.


Don't Lie On The Floor

Beds are for lying in, floors are for standing on. If you lie on the floor you will mess up your spine faster than it can be corrected. It doesn't matter how comfortable it may feel at the time, if you lie on the floor you will damage your spine - it's that simple. I know that's repetitive but those things really will do you harm. I'm constantly amazed at the way people want to sleep in a chair, or sit up in a bed, or lay on the floor and then they wonder why their back is sore!?! All you have to do is use the furniture for what it was designed - it's that simple.


Watch Your Step

One of the most effective ways to hurt your spine is to miss a step, unexpectedly step in a hole, or walk off the edge of the gutter without seeing it. Even though it's generally only a very short drop of a several centimetres, it's the unexpected nature of it that catches your spine unaware. You would probably do less harm falling 1m than missing a step of 10cm because in the time it takes you to fall 1m your reflexes are ready for the jolt. The time it takes you to fall 10cm is too short for your reflexes to prepare for the impact, with the result that the jolt goes directly to your spine unhindered by muscle protection.

What should I do for extreme pain?

If you’re in extreme pain or your back is in spasm there are few simple things that you can do to help yourself until you get an adjustment. These tips are also useful until your body has completely recovered from the crisis.


Call the Clinic

The first thing you should do is to call the clinic. If Dr Wenban can’t come to the phone leave a message with the Receptionists or on the answering machine. Dr Wenban will return your call as soon as possible and give you advice about how to handle the problem. What you do in the first few hours makes a big difference to how quickly you recover so it’s vital that you contact us as soon as possible.

Ice

Apply ice to the area for 20 minutes then take it off for 20 minutes. Repeat this for 2 hours then have a break for two hours, repeat it again for two hours after the break. At first it will be very cold and slightly uncomfortable. It will then ache slightly and then it will go numb – numb is the goal. The benefits of the ice pack are that it reduces muscle spasm and inflammation. Note: Always have the ice pack wrapped in a dry cloth – never apply it directly to your skin or you can cause frost-bite.


Rest

Rest is important during a crisis. It’s best to lie down rather than to sit. There is approximately six times more pressure on the discs in your lower back when you’re sitting than when you’re lying. Normally, it’s only advisable to rest for the first 24-48 hours. After that it’s time to gradually begin to move.


Movement

After the initial resting period you can begin moving around gently and carefully. Begin by walking around the house. Be careful where you put your feet to avoid slipping or tripping. Short walks around the house every hour is a good way to start, this can then be increased gradually according to tolerance. The aim is to get you moving again as quickly as possible.

Should I do exercises?

Yes you should do exercise - not only for the well being of your spine and central nervous system, but for the well-being of your entire body. However there are some exercises that are very good for you and others that are very bad for you.

What are good exercises?

Walking

Walking is what humans were designed for. Put simply; the more you walk, the better you will be. Walking is the best exercise for your spine, but it's also very good for your heart, lungs, legs, tummy, bottom and mind. If the only exercise you ever did was a brisk 30 minute walk every day you would be fitter than the vast majority of the population. You would also have much better control over your weight, more energy, be more alert and able to concentrate better and you would sleep better. On top of all those benefits is the fact that it's free, you don't need flash equipment, you don't need lessons and you don’t need a membership.


Swimming

Swimming is the only form of exercise that you can do while you're weightless, unless you live in space. Avoid breaststroke - the sideways action of the kick can hurt your sacro-iliac joints and bending your head back to breathe can hurt your neck. When you swim freestyle breathe both ways so you exercise both sides of your neck.


Cycling

Cycling is a good aerobic exercise. Apart from avoiding falling off the only thing to watch out for with cycling is the set-up of your bike. It's important that the seat height, pedal reach and handlebar reach are adjusted to suit you. Your local bike shop can usually help you with this.


What are bad exercises?

Jolting and Twisting

These are the only two types of action that the human frame does not cope with very well. Any sport or exercise routine that incorporates either or both of these two actions must be considered a high-risk proposition. Jogging, Aerobics and Squash all have a lot of either jolting and/or twisting and therefore can cause enormous loads on your skeletal system. Spinal Twists as done in some stretching routines and some forms of yoga can create a lot of problems in the pelvis. They have also been shown in some cases to cause tearing of the discs in the spine and separation of the sacro-iliac joints.


What about Golf and Tennis?

Golf

The twisting movement of the golf swing does a small amount of damage, but the walk between each shot tends to undo the damage. The two most important rules to remember with golf are:

  1. Push your buggy If you pull your buggy you will be walking with your shoulders and your pelvis out of parallel i.e. twisted, but if you push it your shoulders and pelvis stay parallel - no twist.
  2. Keep off the driving range The driving range involves all twist and no walking so you never give your spine a chance to undo the damage of the twist with a walk between each shot. Plus if you hit low on the golf course you will simply take a divot, but if you hit low on the driving range you will hit the mat, which will jar you.

Tennis

Tennis usually doesn't cause too many problems while ever you play on en-tout-cas (clay) or grass. These two surfaces allow a bit of slip, which reduces the impact on your body. Rebound Ace, bitumen, concrete and Plexipave are very grippy and produce similar forces to those encountered playing squash. Modgrass is OK as long as there is a lot of sand.

Is Chiropractic good for children?

Children benefit enormously from Chiropractic. With all the bumps and falls that occur during childhood, it's a wonder that some of us make it to adulthood. Most of the problems that we see in adult patients are usually only old childhood problems that have simply been ignored. The old maxim that "You will grow out of it" could not be further from the truth. Most injuries that children receive end up being grown 'in to' not 'out of'. "As the twig is bent, so the tree grows" sums it up nicely. Slightly subluxated children grow up to be very badly subluxated, degenerative and ill adults. Therefore we strongly suggest that you have your children checked regularly.

Should I have my kids checked or wait until they complain?

Kids will often only complain about an ache or pain if it's severe and even then only for a day or two. After that they simply assume that it's something they have to live with and they stop complaining. Many illnesses that are assumed to be "normal" childhood conditions can be caused or aggravated by spinal subluxations. The most common of these are ear infections, throat infections and colic in infants. Growing pains are often referred pains from spinal subluxations that can be quickly and safely treated with Chiropractic. Even the process of birth can create problems, especially in cases of forceps delivery, caesarian section or vacuum extraction. Therefore it's generally a good idea to have your kids checked just after birth and then about every 3 months from then on. If they have a major fall or accident have them checked as soon as possible.

Can I still be helped if I have.......?

Arthritis

While there are well over 130 different types of arthritis, the two most common forms are Osteoarthritis (OA) and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). Patients suffering with either of OA or RA can be helped through Chiropractic. There are less common forms of arthritis that involve joint infection or neoplastic change. Because Chiropractic adjustments normalise joint movement they also relieve stresses within the joints. Recent research has shown that patients suffering from OA or RA who receive adjustments have significantly less pain and discomfort and increased function.


Disc degeneration

Degeneration of the discs is usually caused by long term joint dysfunction. Often the pain that a patient feels is blamed on the disc degeneration but is actually caused by the joint dysfunction that caused the disc to degenerate in the first place. Correction of the joint function through adjustment often gives great relief.


Disc prolapse, tear or bulge

Discs will only prolapse, tear or bulge if they’ve already been under enormous strain for a long time. This usually occurs when there has been joint dysfunction for a long time. Unless the disc has burst and its contents are pressing on the spinal cord or nerve roots, clinical experience and research has shown that patients with disc damage do better with specific adjustments than with bed rest or surgery.


A history of spinal surgery

Spinal surgery is normally a last resort measure to relieve nerve or spinal cord pressure. While it is often successful in its primary aim, it does nothing to correct the problem that created the damage that required the surgery in the first place. Chiropractic can be very effective in these cases.

Are there any side effects from the treatment?

There are very few unpleasant side effects.

Occasionally some patients feel a little light-headed for a few minutes after the adjustment but that quickly passes. Other patients may feel tired or a slight muscular ache over that day or the following day, as if they've done extra exercise. This is simply muscles and joints working in ways that they're not used to. It passes very quickly.

If there is significant discomfort after your adjustment you should call the clinic and tell Dr Wenban what you’re feeling. Generally a short course of mild anti-inflammatory medication such as Act-3 or Nurofen is enough to get you through the discomfort until your body settles.

There are many pleasant side effects.

Research has shown that around 23% of patients receive some unexpected beneficial side effect from adjustments. The range of these is quite amazing and included "easier to breathe", "asthma better", "digestion improved", "less stomach pain", "improved circulation", "less tachycardia", "sharper vision", "better hearing", "less ringing in the ears", "easier to urinate", "less urine frequency", "dysmenorrhoea better", "acne/eczema better", and "less nausea".

The majority of my patients tell me at some point in their treatment that they did not realize how bad their health was until they got better. They also tell me that many things about their general health have improved that they did not know were wrong until they improved. The reason for that is simple; if your health has never been normal you don't know what normal feels like, until you get it, and then you never forget it.

Are there any risks associated with Chiropractic treatment?

Even the most basic forms of Chiropractic are very safe. The most recent research published in the October 2001 Canadian Medical Association Journal puts the risk at one in 5.8 million adjustments.

Keep in mind that these figures are based on the most basic forms of manipulative Chiropractic which carry a higher risk than the precise, gentle and non-manipulative adjustments that we use in this clinic.


How does that compare with the risks of other forms of treatment?

A common medical treatment for neck pain, use of anti-inflammatory drugs such as acetaminophen, causes 1,000 serious complications and 100-200 deaths per million cases. Surgeries for neck pain cause 15,600 cases of paralysis or stroke per million cases, and 6,900 deaths per million.

Modes of Treatment

Activator Methods

What is that little clicker that you use?

Often we use a small handheld instrument called an Activator Instrument to adjust the vertebrae. The instrument produces a thrust that is extremely fast. In fact, it is faster than you can see or feel. The Instrument produces around 120 Newtons of force in less than 1/1000ths of a second. The fastest that your body can perceive a pressure change and then try to oppose that pressure change is 17/1000ths of a second. This means that the Instrument can produce enough pressure to move the bone faster than you can feel and faster than your body can resist.

What we have then is an extremely effective yet totally painless adjustment. Two of the many advantages that this system has over the old "crack and crunch" manipulative systems are that it is extremely accurate and very gentle. It therefore does not traumatise the spine, thus enabling much better long-term results.

What does the Activator Instrument do?

There are three effects associated with Activator Instrument adjustments; bone movement, nerve stimulation and muscle activation. The Instrument moves subluxated (stuck) joints, it stimulates and normalises the nerve supply around the joint and it balances the muscles contracting around the joint.

My last Chiropractor had one of those instruments and it didn't help me at all, why should this time be different?

Approximately 1 in 3 Chiropractors have an Activator Instrument, however there are only 6 Chiropractors in Victoria with any level of qualification to use it. There are only 3 in Australia and 22 in the world who have the same level of qualification as Dr. Wenban. Most general practitioners have a scalpel but that does not make them surgeons. Similarly, simply because a person has the equipment doesn’t mean they are qualified or know how to use it.

Why do you bend my legs up and down?

When you lie on the table, Dr. Wenban will measure your leg length, comparing one to the other whilst they are straight and while they are bent at 90°. This tells him if there is any imbalance or subluxation with your spine or central nervous system. If there is such a problem, there will be a better nerve supply on one side of your body than the other. This will cause the muscles on one side of your body to contract more than those on the other and that will cause one leg to "pull up" more than the other making one leg appear shorter.

After adjusting each subluxation with an accurately placed thrust from the Activator Instrument, the legs will usually balance out to an equal length. Dr. Wenban will then ask you to put your arms or head into a certain position. Each one of these positions puts a small strain onto a specific vertebra. If that vertebra is not functioning properly or is subluxated, then the nerve imbalance will return, causing the leg length inequality to return. The adjustment is performed and the vertebra re-tested. If the adjustment was effective, the legs will level out. Dr. Wenban will move on to the next vertebra, testing each one in turn and adjusting as necessary.

Why is one leg stronger than the other?

When a vertebra or joint subluxates it causes interference with the nerves that pass that joint. If the nerve signal to a limb or organ is reduced then the ability of that limb or organ to function fully and normally is also reduced. This is the same effect as turning down the dimmer on a light globe. When Dr Wenban tests the strength of a limb he is really testing the nerve supply to that area. If one side is weaker than the other that tells him that there is nerve interference that needs to be corrected.

Sacro-Occipital-Technique

Sacro-Occipital Technique is an advanced form of Chiropractic that uses the gentle rhythmic movement that your spine makes as you breathe in conjunction with your own body weight.

What are the blocks for?

S.O.T works on the balanced relationship between the Sacrum, (the wedge shaped bone at the base of your spine), and the Occiput, (the bone that makes up the base of your skull). Adjustments using S.O.T. are primarily performed by using two wedge shaped blocks that are placed under the pelvis in a specific position. The blocks utilise the patient's body weight to correct abnormalities in the function of the sacroiliac joints. These joints are at the base of the spine on either side of the sacrum.

The sacroiliac joints are extremely important and very complex. They transfer all the weight from the body to the legs via the pelvis; they form the "foundation stone" for the entire spinal system and they allow microscopic movement of the sacrum to take place. This movement occurs in harmony with an equally microscopic expansion and contraction of the skull as you breathe.

The two movements together are as important to the central nervous system as breathing is to the lungs, for they pump the cerebrospinal fluid around the brain and spinal cord. This fluid provides essential nutrients to the entire central nervous system. It also helps to eliminate wastes and acts as a shock absorber to cushion the brain against any blows or shocks.

The inherent balance that is provided to the entire body by the pelvis must be maintained at all times. Therefore any functional abnormality or subluxation of the sacroiliac joints can cause a vast array of problems throughout the entire spine and central nervous system, which can then cause many diverse and often seemingly unrelated symptoms. In fact, not only lower back pains but also many headaches, neck, shoulder and arm pains and even jaw pains have been traced back to abnormal balance within the pelvis and sacroiliac joints.

Why are they placed unevenly?

The blocks are placed in very precise positions and at exact angles depending on the problem that you have. The angles may vary from visit to visit as can the depth to which each block is placed. The leverage provided by the asymmetrical placement of the blocks, in conjunction with the movement that your skull, spine and sacrum make as you breathe, corrects abnormalities in the function of the spine and pelvis.

Why is that spot on the back of my head sore?

There are small reflex points across the base of your skull that are related to each vertebra. If a vertebra becomes subluxated (dysfunctional) the reflex point associated with that vertebra becomes slightly enlarged and tender. By gently rubbing the reflex point and holding gently pressing on it’s associated vertebra Dr Wenban can correct the subluxation while using the very minimum of force.

Why Spinal Maintenance?

All day, every day, every person who is upright and mobile develops some form of subluxation. Our human body is such a brilliantly designed machine that it is able to correct probably 99% of those problems all by itself without us ever knowing about it. The problem is with the 1% that it can't correct. That is what builds up over a lifetime and eventually brings us to grief. If we are lucky, it will hurt at the early stages. We might even be lucky enough to have been educated to take some notice of pain, rather than covering it up with pills and "soldiering on". This being the case, we may then seek some help from a properly qualified Chiropractor trained in the detection and correction of subluxations and end up as healthier beings.

As we all know, this is usually not the case. We have been educated over many generations to ignore what our body tells us and literally drive it until it drops. Most people look after their car better than their body. They put in the best fuel and have it serviced and regularly maintained. Yet a car is dispensable! When it no longer performs at its' best you can trade it in on a new one; you can replace almost any worn part.

This is not the case with our spine or central nervous system. If it wears out or gets damaged then that's just tough! You can't trade it in when you get sick of it. You have to put up with it and travel around in it for the rest of your life. There are no replacement parts for the spine or central nervous system and it's extremely unlikely that there ever will be in our lifetime. Yet our spine and central nervous system is what controls virtually every single function that our body performs.

Therefore, it should be patently obvious that regular spinal checkups to detect and correct subluxations should be part of our normal routine. When you are having regular spinal maintenance, Dr. Wenban can check your spine from end to end and adjust any subluxations that have accumulated along the way since your last adjustment.

Doing this means that you don't have to spend your life wrapped in cotton wool for fear of producing another subluxation. You can simply get on with life, living it to the full, secure in the knowledge that even if you do fall over or have a problem, it will never get a chance to become entrenched. With regular spinal maintenance and a little common sense, there is no reason why all of us should not have strong, healthy spines and optimised health for our entire life. Maintenance means you can feel good all of the time.