At the Centre Chiropratique des Sources, Dr Renée Dallaire and Dr Nathalie Godbout, chiropractors, gave themselves a mission : to be your partner in the journey toward health.
Chiropractic is interested in the relationship between the spinal cord and the nervous system and how this relationship affects the ability of a person to maintain or restore their health.
You are unique, your chiropractor knows that. She will take the time to listen to you attentively, to do a complete neurological, orthopaedic and postural exam, to make a diagnosis and to elaborate a global care plan. This care plan will be adapted to your condition, your age and your needs. Your doctor of chiropractic will take care of all of you as a person, not only as a damaged body part or a symptom.
The brain controls all the functions of the body. It receives information through the nerves, it analyses it and interprets it in relation to past experiences. The brain then chooses the most appropriate response, sends it to the appropriate body part through the nerves. This way of doing things applies to conscious and unconscious decisions.
When I came to the creek yesterday, there was a bear at the edge of the woods. Today, I will be careful approaching.
Meanwhile, unbeknownst to me, my body prepares to fight or flight. My heart rate and breathing speeds up, my blood pressure increases and my blood sugar rises. My head leans forward and my shoulder round, my whole body folds on itself to protect the fragile organs from danger. The big muscles tense up, ready to run or hit, and the ones close to my spine loosen. My digestion stops, my immune system pauses and my sexual functions as well. My memory and my learning abilities are inhibited to allow a hypervigilant state where all sensations are sharpened. My sympathetic system (my survival system) has taken over and allows me to react against the potential threat.
A brilliant reaction well adapted to the situation.
In your daily life, if the “bear” becomes the driver that just cut you off, the boss that just criticized your work before leaving the office, your teenager that you had a fight with last night and that you need to talk to when you get home, the several hundred dollars of garage bills that was not planned in the budget…
The threat can also be the overly indulgent meal or the few too many drinks from last night, dehydration or drugs, recreational or not. Similarly, a bad posture, a sedentary life style or old injuries can create an overload to our sympathetic system. All these situations bombard our nervous system repetitively and create maladaptive patterns that prevent full expression of your potential.
Chiropractic allows you to interrupt that pattern and return you to a state of ease where you can heal, rest and repair.