Coastal Chiropractic Clinic
In case your back goes out more than you do.
Patient Education Series
- Brain: The control center for your
body. It receives and sends
regulating messages to all parts.
When a part of your body is injured or
just not working right, your brain must
attempt to fix it by sending orders through
- Nerves: Special cells that carry
sensations (full stomach, tired muscle,
etc.) from the body to the brain, and orders
(move arm, make eyes cry, etc.) from your
brain to every part of your body.
- Spinal Cord: The long cord of nerves
that connects your brain to all the other
nerves of your body. This cord runs through
and is protected by the bones of your spine.
- Spine: Your backbone. Actually, it
is made up of 26 separate bones. These
bones have a hole in the center and are
carefully aligned by nature for your spinal
cord to fit inside without being pinched.
Each bone has notches on the sides that
allow nerve roots to exit the spinal cord
to other parts of your body.
- Subluxation: The irritation of a
nerve disrupting the regulatory control by
your brain causing abnormal conditions. It
is caused by the bones of your spine being
out of alignment. A subluxation may or
may not result in pain.
- Chiropractic: The science, art and
philosophy utilizing the use of the hands
to put the bones of your spine back into
their proper positions, to remove
subluxations and permit the body to heal
itself. Teaching lifestyle modification
through diet, exercise, posture, spinal
health and positive mental attitude as
necessary directions for Wellness and
- Adjustment: The action of putting
the bones of your spine back into
position to free your nerves from a
The three phases of treatment:
Relief care (relief from pain or abnormal
conditions), Corrective care
(correcting long-term problems of the
spine), and Maintenance (regular
adjustments to prevent or correct any
new subluxation before it causes
If you have an accident or
wait until you experience constant
pain before you start treatment, you
will begin with Relief care. Relief
care adjustments are usually done 3-6
times a week until you are out of pain
or asymptomatic. At this point,
the doctor will usually schedule your
Corrective care adjustments 2-3 times a
week and tapering off over a prescribed
time period. When Correction is complete,
you may be eligible for Maintenance.
- Relief care: Often, the first stage
of treatment. The goal of relief care
adjustments are to relieve immediate
pain or abnormal movement or symptoms.
- Corrective care: After relief
care, corrective care adjustments
correct long-term spinal problems.
When complete, you may be eligible for
- Maintenance: Regular adjustments
to prevent or correct any new
subluxation before it causes problems.
Maintenance is done after the
necessary corrective care. We have a
Maintenance Plan to reward those
patients who use chiropractic to stay