PILATES AND CHIROPRACTIC
Gemma believes Chiropractic treatment is an important part of wellness regimens, and works in conjunction with Pilates, yoga and exercise to alleviate chronic pain, discomfort, rehabilitate injuries and maintain the body’s structural alignment and health.
While Pilates and yoga help realign the body through movement, in some cases, movement is not enough. Often, manual, hands-on adjustment is needed to assist the bones in the spine and limbs to regain their natural alignment and design function. Chiropractic adjustment places the body in alignment, and Pilates maintains it.
What is Chiropractic Care?
Chiropractic is a non-invasive, hands-on health care discipline that focuses on the neuromuscular skeletal system. Chiropractors practice a manual approach, providing diagnosis, treatment and preventative care for disorders related to
the spine, pelvis, nervous system and joints.
Chiropractors use a number of treatments, all of which are predicated on the specific needs of the individual patient.
After taking a complete history and diagnosing a patient, a chiropractor can develop and carry out a comprehensive treatment/management plan, recommend therapeutic exercise and other non-invasive therapies, and provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.
Overview and History
The term “chiropractic” combines the Greek words cheir (hand) and praxis (action) to describe a treatment done by hand. Hands-on therapy – especially adjustment of the spine – is central to chiropractic care.
Chiropractic principles include:
The body has a self-healing ability.
The body’s structure (primarily that of the spine) and its function are closely related, and this relationship affects health.
Therapy aims to normalize this relationship between structure and function and assist the body as it heals.
Addressing the Root of the Problem
Chiropractic care restores health and prevents injury by improving the structural integrity of the body, primarily the spine. The brain communicates with the rest of the body via the spinal cord and nervous system. The nervous system serves as the body’s wiring. If this wiring is inhibited, the signal does not reach the intended body part, and illness may result.
Such interferences can manifest anywhere along your spine. Pain in your arm or hand may actually be caused by a problem in your neck, where the nerves connecting to that hand originate. A chiropractor examines the spine for interferences, and removes them through controlled techniques.