How Does Chiropractic Work?
What does Chiropractic Help?
Chiropractors have helped folks who have been experiencing many different things.
Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that your body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism. These important functions are controlled by the brain, spinal cord, and all the nerves of the body. Just as the skull protects the delicate tissues of the brain, the moving bones of the spine protect the vulnerable communication pathways of the spinal cord and nerve roots. Since the bones in our spines can move, they can also get stuck out of their proper positions causing irritation damage to the nerve roots that travel between them. If the nervous system is impaired, it can cause malfunction of the tissues and organs throughout the entire body. This is called the Vertebral Subluxation Complex. Chiropractic is the science of locating malfunctioning spinal structures, the art of reducing their impact to the nervous system, and the philosophy that, when working properly, the body has the potential to heal itself.
Your brain controls everything you do without you even thinking about it. Just take for example the millions of synapses it takes for you to delicately hold a fork, locate and stab a piece of food, cut through it using a knife in the other hand, bring the tip of the fork to your already open mouth, chew without biting off your tongue and swallow it. Constant signals originating in your brain stem travel across nerves to and from the various tissues and cells that are needed to carry out this simple task you do everyday. Without even a conscious thought, your body will continue to carry out the digestion process by secreting acids, absorbing nutrients, and contracting tiny muscles in your gut.
Protecting your nervous system and allowing this communication is so important that we all have 26 bones, called vertebrae, protecting its path from your brain to the trillions of cells, organs, and tissues it controls. These bones make up your spine. Since your spine can move, sometimes the different vertebrae put pressure on the nervous system its supposed to protect. This is called a vertebral subluxation. It takes the weight of a dime to start blocking nerve signals, which are needed for every action your body carries out throughout the day. Chiropractors find and correct subluxations and allow your body to function without without interference.
This is a Vertebral Subluxation
Notice how the vertebra indicated by the arrow has moved posteriorly only by a few millimeters and is putting pressure on the nerves inside the circle. This will prevent the messages traveling along those nerves from reaching their destination whether that be a cell, organ, muscle or your brain.
Your nerves are highlighted here in yellow. Trace the nerve from the organ pictured back on the right to where it originates in your spine.