Barisch Family Chiropractic


Frequently Asked Questions

How does chiropractic heal an injury?

The adjustment does not heal the patient. Neither does it relieve symptoms. The healing is done by the patient's own body, by its own immune system. What the adjustment does do is remove interference to normal nerve function. Normal performance of the patient's nervous system is vital to the body's ability to self-heal. The adjustment restores the normal activity of the nervous system affected by the vertebral subluxation.

Medical research is being done today to better understand this self-healing process. The science of neuro-immunology explores the ability of the body to combat and to conquer disease. It is now recognized that, had self-healing not existed, mankind would not have survived through the centuries. A simple example of self-healing is the ability of the body to mend a broken bone after it has been set. Interference to the nervous system by an atlas subluxation retards and/or prevents the ability of the body to heal itself. For this reason, regardless of the nature of the disease process — whether the common cold or cancer — the patient kept free of neurological interference will benefit, even in conjunction with other treatment.

Do symptoms matter?

Yes and no. Symptoms are merely signals from the body that indicate change. Not the problem, the signal. However, what causes symptoms for one person will not cause symptoms for another. Unfortunately, vertebral subluxation will produce imbalance in the body structure long before symptoms occur in most cases. Relief of symptoms, therefore, is a secondary effect of the adjustment. First, there must be a re-setting of the misaligned or subluxated vertebrae, and a period of time that the vertebrae hold their normal positions until the healing process is complete.

Moreover, symptoms are variables in that they are not really indicative of the patient's true state of health. Many factors influence how a patient feels: stress, fatigue, weather conditions, state of mind, etc. Therefore, adjustments cannot be predicated on how the patient feels at any given time. "I feel bad" or "I feel good" is not a sufficient reason to adjust or not to adjust. The only safe and reliable method is to check the patient for the presence or absence of neurological interference and postural distortion. If no evidence of imbalance is detected, no adjustment is rendered.

What should I expect after an adjustment?

Following the first adjustment, either immediately or within a few hours, the patient may experience a warming sensation or a tingling sensation in an arm, leg, lower back, or in the chest or abdomen. This response is observed to occur in patients with health problems in these areas. Reactions are attributed to an increase in the activity of the sensory or input nerves. Impressions to the brain are increased by the adjustment and the patient may be made more aware of his/her health problem. This phenomenon occurs only in cases where the subluxation is interfering with the sensory nerves by blocking off sensory information to the brain.

Occasionally, a patient may briefly experience an increase in his or her symptoms after the first adjustment. Again, the reason is the removal of the blocking of the sensory system, permitting increased sensation to the brain. Patients will not experience this phenomenon from healthy areas of the body. A full feedback by way of the sensory nervous system seems needed in self-healing.