Chiropractic is a natural approach to healthcare that focuses on locating and removing interference to the nervous system, allowing the body to heal from the inside out and express its optimal level of health. Chiropractic is considered vitalistic, meaning that the body has an inborn, or innate power to heal when given the right environment to do so. Most people are familiar with an allopathic (medical) approach to health, which many times focuses on relieving (or masking) symptoms, while the underlying cause may not be addressed.
To understand the necessity and benefits of chiropractic, you first need to know some basics. The spine plays a very important role in your body. It houses the spinal cord, which together with the brain and spinal nerves make up the nervous system. The nervous system is the main communication system in the body, sending and receiving messages to and from every cell, tissue, organ, and muscle. It controls the body’s ability to self-heal and self-regulate. It is important that this communication system stays free of interferences so that it can function properly.
What can cause interference to the nervous system? Physical, chemical, and emotional stress. These are stresses that begin at birth and accumulate over time. The first physical stress is the birth process and others include babies learning how to walk and falling on their bottoms, falling off of a bike, rough play with friends or siblings, impact sports, poor posture, carrying a heavy purse of brief case, etc. Chemical stresses can include preservatives/additives in the food we eat, smoking, drinking, drugs (recreational or prescription), pollution, etc. Emotional stress can include financial troubles, relationship issues, depression, loss of employment, loss of a loved one, etc. Sometimes a stress that seems insignificant actually may create imbalance in the spine that shows up later in life. Sometimes more significant stresses, such as a trauma or accident, can create serious issues in the spine immediately. When there is imbalance in the spine, chiropractors call this a vertebral subluxation. A subluxation is when one or more spinal segments moves out of the proper alignment and causes nerve irritation and interference between the brain and the body. Good health depends on a properly functioning nervous system (as well as proper diet, sleep, exercise, and a positive mental attitude).
Chiropractors have done extensive post graduate studying and training to learn how to analyze, detect, and remove subluxations in the spine. This allows the spine to return to its proper alignment, heal over time, and the body will begin to function at its optimal level.