Chiropractic is a health care discipline which emphasizes the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs and surgery. The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) & function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health.
Because chiropractic treatments are primarily applied to the spinal region, many individuals incorrectly assume that chiropractors treat only back and neck ailments. While we do quickly and effectively eliminate back and neck pain, it’s not the only goal. The objective is to restore and optimize human health!
You may be wondering… how can the same chiropractic treatment which effectively treats my back pain also optimize my health?
The nervous system (spinal cord and nerve roots) is the master controller of all living cells, issues and organs in the body. The spinal column encases the nervous system and is responsible for its protection. Because of this intimate relationship, biomechanical and structural problems in the spinal column can irritate parts of the enclosed nervous system.
To explain more simply, a vertebral subluxation is when one or more of the bones of your spine (vertebrae) move out of their normal position and irritate spinal nerves. There are 24 bones that make up your spine and between each bone; spinal nerves exit the spinal cord on both sides. Any pressure or irritation of these spinal nerves causes a malfunction to occur.
The best visual explanation of the pressure buildup that occurs with a vertebral subluxation is to think about a garden hose. Without kinks, the water flows normally and easily, but begin to bend the hose and the flow of water slows. As that bend in the hose gets harder and sharper, the water flow continues slowing until there is just a trickle problem. The hose represent the spinal nerves, the water represents the flowing information and signals, and the kink represents the effects of a spinal subluxation.
Your nervous system controls and coordinates all the functions of
your body. If any signals traveling by way of nerves are interfered with, parts of your body will not get the proper messages and function levels will drop off. The Doctor of Chiropractic accepts the responsibility of locating, reducing, and correcting spinal subluxations. This is done through a series of chiropractic adjustments, specifically designed to correct subluxations of the spine. Chiropractors have spent many years of learning and training to become the expert at correcting subluxations.