About Chiropractic


The spine and its effect on the body have been documented since antiquity as the cornerstone of good health

“Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases.”
~Hippocrates (460-370 BCE), “the father of modern medicine” in his writing Manipulation and Importance of Good Health


Why choose Chiropractic care today?

About Chiropractic Care

As millions of Americans look for drug-free, natural ways to achieve optimum health and well being, chiropractic has entered the mainstream of health care practices.

Chiropractic is a safe and effective way of treating many types of back pain, headaches, arm, and leg pain. In addition, chiropractic care is a road to the improvement of your overall state of balance and optimal wellness.


The connection between your nervous system and your overall health

So how can the same chiropractic treatment which effectively treats your back pain also optimize your health? The answer can be found by looking into the relationship between the spine and the nervous system.

The nervous system is the master controller of all living cells, tissues and organs which orchestrates and coordinates all cellular functions. The spinal column encases the nervous system (spinal cord and nerve roots) and is responsible for its protection.

Because of this intimate relationship, biomechanical and structural problems in the spinal column can irritate parts of the enclosed nervous system. This irritation can result from noxious inflammatory biochemicals released during tissue injury or may result from direct mechanical pressure.

In either case, the functioning of the nervous system is negatively influenced as is the functioning of the cells, tissues and organs, which are supplied by the affected nerves. The resulting ailments are a result of the impact on the affected cells, tissues and organs and also the extent of nervous system compromise.

Because the body’s innate recuperative powers are affected by and integrated through the nervous system, correcting spinal abnormalities which irritate the nervous system can lead to a number of favorable results in patients suffering from various, seemingly non-spinal health conditions.


What chiropractors do

Practically speaking, chiropractors are primarily concerned with locating and treating vertebral subluxations.

A vertebral subluxation is a complex of functional, structural, or pathological joint changes that compromise neural integrity and may influence organ system function and general health.

Using a number of techniques, the chiropractor checks the patient’s spine for any misalignments, fixations, or other abnormalities. If subluxations or other abnormalities are detected, the chiropractor will generally apply a gentle pressure in a corrective manner to the affected spinal area.

Chiropractors are adept at the use of many specialized techniques to identify and treat spinal abnormalities and optimize overall health.

In addition to spinal adjustive techniques, soft tissue techniques such as massage, dietary and nutritional counseling, physical therapies, and lifestyle modification programs are commonly employed.


How is Chiropractic medicine is different from traditional medicine

There is a significant and very important difference between the way chiropractors and medical doctors approach health ailments.

When evaluating and treating patients, chiropractors take a holistic approach, which includes identifying and correcting the cause or causes of the patient’s health ailment.

In contrast, the traditional medical approach tends to focus more on the treating the symptoms of a condition rather than focusing primarily on the actual causes.

Chiropractors believe that correcting the cause of the problem provides significant long-term benefits over only treating the symptoms.


The Benefits of Chiropractic care


Short-term and regular Chiropractic care offer a number of benefits:

  • Spinal and extremity pain relief
  • Headache relief
  • Increased mobility and range of motion
  • Decreased stiffness and muscular spasms
  • Arthritic joint pain relief
  • Increased joint health
  • Increased performance and energy
  • Increased sense of well being and relaxation
  • Increased balance and coordination
  • Reduced degeneration and risk of injury
  • Enhanced tissue healing
  • Decreased tissue inflammation


Ready to find out if chiropractic can help with your aches, pains, and illness? Please contact our Pensacola chiropractic office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Robert Cowan, DC CAP DACBN today.

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