Unfortunately, most people seek chiropractic treatment only when their condition has become painful and chronic.

This guarantees their return to health will require long-term treatment because muscles eventually accomodate to hold subluxated vertebrae in place. The wise patient, however, schedules regular chiropractic checkups and comes in immediately after a fall or other trauma that can result in subluxation. That usually ensures their recovery will require far less time and expense.

Treating disease is complex, but learning how to attain and maintain health is much simpler. Regular preventative exams help to optimize your health.

About Chiropractic

Chiropractic is the art and science of finding and correcting dysfunctions in all joints in the body as well as in the muscles that move them. A chiropractor attempts to do this with the most natural and non-invasive means possible. The specific diagnostic and therapeutic techniques to accomplish this vary widely from chiropractor to chiropractor. Go to Treatment Methods to read about Dr. Josh specifically.

Most patients come to chiropractors because they have back pain or headaches, but chiropractors can treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal disorders. Go to Conditions Treated to view a partial list of conditions treated by Dr. Josh.

In the process of addressing these dysfunctions in the body, the chiropractor can lessen or eliminate the patient"s symptom. More importantly, however, the doctor of chiropractic will have balanced the patient"s musculoskeletal systems and perhaps diet, so as to afford him or her long ranging benefits that extend well beyond the initial problem. A well balanced body can allow a person to stave off degenerative arthritis longer, help fight chronic illnesses, and most importantly to live a life to its fullest potential.

How Chiropractic Works

There is nothing mysterious about chiropractic. It is a natural method of health care that focuses on treating the causes of physical problems, rather than just the symptoms. Chiropractic is based on a simple but powerful premise: with a normally functioning spine and nervous system, and with a healthy lifestyle, your body is better able to maintain or heal itself.


All bodily functions are controlled and coordinated by the brain and nervous system through the spine. The spine is like a wiring conduit that protects, connects, and delivers nervous system impulses to and from all bodily tissues and organs.

When your spine is healthy, the vertebrae are properly aligned and your nervous system communication is optimized.

Automatic and visceral functions like heartbeat, blood pressure, body temperature, digestive and excretory functions are controlled by the brain through the autonomic nervous system through sympathetic and parasympathetic channels. For example, the hypothalamus is a major brain center that controls body weight, fluid, and endocrine regulation, which determine energy, sexual function, and a thousand other things. So most of your bodily organs run on autopilot.

But the entire voluntary nervous system, which you use to control your actions, also runs from brain to the body through the spine. Therefore spinal integrity is vital to the healthy function of all organs and tissues. When it loses its alignment, the spinal nerves can be compromised.


Problems in spinal alignment occur over the course of one's life. They are caused by bad postural habits as well as slips, falls, and strains that often seem to have no immediate consequences and may cause no pain. Yet the subluxations (misalignments of the vertebrae) that these events can cause remain stuck and interfere with optimal nervous function. Eventually this results in chronic health problems whose symptoms are treated with pain killers and other drugs. But the cause is not addressed by modern allopathic medicine, so a person continues to suffer and his or her health progressively degenerates.

Of all health care practitioners, only a chiropractor is trained to diagnose and correct spinal subluxations. If a symptom or health condition in the body is caused by vertebral subluxation, only a chiropractor has the knowledge and skill to correct, or create an optimal outcome, for that malady.

A chiropractor will use not only diagnostic and spinal adjustment techniques, but augment healing by recommending specific exercises combined with proven dietary practices and nutritional supplementation.


Health comes from within the body-not from a bottle of pills. Health is defined by the international World Health Organization (W.H.O.) as "a state of optimum physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity."

Health is not merely the absence of symptoms. Disease can and does occur without any symptoms, especially in its early stages. A person can feel well and have good energy, yet be producing a tumor, aneurysm, or blood clot in the body.

Health is:

  • Normal function of cells working properly in every organ and gland.
  • Coherent balance between sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.
  • Proper enzymatic function throughout the body.
  • Proper expression of genes on chromosomes to optimize length and quality of life.
  • Synergistic balance of vitamin, mineral, protein, carbohydrate, fat, oils, fiber, antioxidant, calorie, and water consumption and synthesis.
  • Strong immune system to fight off infection, allergy, cancer, and disease.

Healthy people don't get sick. Sick people get sick. Sickness develops from cells, tissues, and organs that continue to malfunction without remedy. That is why people who feel fine can go in for a medical checkup and discover that they have serious and asymptomatic health problems that may have already reached an advanced stage. Others can feel well then suddenly die from a heart attack or stroke.

Regular chiropractic checkups can pinpoint and treat problems before they become full-blown or chronic.