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Trevor Williams, DC

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Cary, NC 27513
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The Body's Innate Ability to Heal

Lucy G., 33 and the mother of two, came to see Cary Chiropractor Dr. Todd Staker some months ago, seeking relief for persistent low-back pain—the type of patient this talented chiropractor and his colleagues, Dr. Ben Schemmel and Dr. Trevor Williams, care for by the score.

Drs. Schemmel (left) and Williams engage in a spirited discussion about spinal health.

While she responded well to chiropractic adjustments, after a few weeks of treatment, reports Dr. Staker, “she told me she was puzzled by the way her body was reacting. She said she had great relief from her back pain, but more surprisingly, she was experiencing significant relief from the intense pre-menstrual pain that had plagued her for years. She was wondering if there was a connection between adjustments for back pain and relief of PMS.

Dr. Staker

“Well, I don’t treat PMS, heart disease, cancer, ear infections, or any other disease state,” says Dr. Staker with a smile, “but it is not at all unusual for patients to report that their chiropractic adjustments are having beneficial effects beyond their presenting problem.”

The Nerve Connection

The reason for this, notes Dr. Schemmel, “is pretty easy to understand—especially for a chiropractor.

Dr. Schemmel

“We are taught, as are medical doctors, that while the brain functions as our main computer, it is the nervous system that controls the physical body. The spinal cord is known to be an extension of the brain. The skull protects the brain, and vertebrae protect the spinal cord.

“The knowledge that chiropractors, medical doctors, and other health care professionals share is that the nerves that exit from the spinal cord provide for and support the function of every organ in the body,” Dr. Schemmel explains.

Dr. Williams

“The cervical vertebrae in the neck, for example, house parts of the sympathetic chain, providing nerve support to the eyes, ears and other sense organs, as well as contribute to immune response, bone growth, fat metabolism, reaction to stress, and brain function.

A Chiropractor's Tips for a Healthy Life

The Staker chiropractors offer their patients these tips to lead longer, happier, healthier lives:

  • See your chiropractor regularly, especially if you are ill, under a lot of stress, pregnant, or in an accident or trauma.
  • Lose weight if you need to. Losing one pound takes 2 pounds of stress off your lower back.
  • Quit smoking. Smoking cuts blood supply to the discs between the vertebrae, so they degenerate more quickly.
  • Keep your wallet out of your back pocket when sitting, especially when driving. A bulge in your pocket causes misalignment of the spine.
  • Avoid sleeping on your stomach—it twists your neck. And avoid the fetal position; it reverses your spinal curves.
  • Eat organic, unrefined foods and drink at least eight glasses of pure water every day.
  • Take a walk after dinner—it aids digestion, weight loss and is a nice time to spend with others.
  • Avoid drug abuse, including alcohol and caffeine.
  • Take time to relax, appreciate nature, and play every day.
  • Finding fulfillment and creativity in your work improves your health.
  • Connect. The more relationships and love in your life, the healthier, happier, and longer you will live.

“The thoracic vertebrae, in the mid-back, provide exit points for nerves that support a host of functions, including for the heart, liver, stomach, kidneys, small intestines and much more. The lumbar vertebrae, in the lower back, provide nerve function support for the large intestine, appendix, abdomen, sex organs, prostate gland, in addition to the sciatic nerve and other nerves that go to the muscles, joints and other structures of the leg, knee, ankle, feet, and toes.”

Pinched Nerves

And so, points out Dr. Williams, “it’s possible to have a perfectly healthy brain and a sound spinal cord, but if for some reason—such as trauma—one of these spinal nerves gets pinched, it can cause a dysfunction in the related organ system. Chiropractic treatment, very simply, corrects a misalignment of a vertebra within your spine—because that misalignment has a tendency to pinch the disk and to pinch the nerve. When you pinch the nerve, it results in dysfunction wherever that nerve is going. That’s why a patient such as Lucy, who was being treated for a vertebral misalignment in her lower back, got profound relief from PMS. All we’ve done is relieve pressure on the related nerves.”

Dr. Williams continues: “So it’s true to say that chiropractors do not treat disease states, but we do treat the whole body. We know the body has an innate ability to heal itself— but it’s difficult to experience that healing if spinal vertebrae are misaligned and related nerves are pinched, causing discomfort and dysfunction in related organ systems.

“Chiropractors treat sprains, neck and back problems, and trauma events of many kinds, but it’s true to say that our health care mission is prevention of illness and the disease state. It’s possible to have a misalignment of the spine that doesn’t hurt because it is not yet pinching a nerve. Nonetheless that condition can lead to degenerative joint disease, and ultimately, it will press on a nerve and cause dysfunction in the related organ system. When we relieve that misalignment called a subluxation, we help the underlying problem of spinal degeneration and take pressure off the nerves, two important contributions to better health.”

Learn About You and Your Spine

To improve and maintain the health of your spine, you may wish to consider speaking with one of the doctors at Staker Chiropractic, or checking out their website, which is full of great information, including a blog and video series: