Basic concepts of chiropractic care:
- Your body has a powerful self-healing ability.
- Your body’s structure and its function are related.
- Spinal problems can affect the function of your nervous system.
- The goal of chiropractic care is to normalize this relationship so that your nervous system functions at its best.
Why is the nervous system so important?
Your nervous system is your body’s master control system. It coordinates and controls all the organs, structures, systems and functions of your body. The nervous system (consisting of the brain, spinal cord, and nerves) is a network of fibers similar to an electrical wiring system. Messages pass back and forth over this network, allowing your brain to talk to your body and your body to talk to your brain.
Why is the spine so important?
Your spinal joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons have specialized receptors that provide the brain with information about how the body is positioned and how it moves. This information is sent into the brain where it is analyzed and acted upon.
When these tissues are overstressed, they will signal the brain that there is a problem. The brain will try to deal with the problem by making other areas of your body work harder.
For example, if your hips are tight from sitting at a desk for years, your low back will work harder to try to compensate for the hip problem. Over time your low back will begin to give you symptoms because it is overworked. One day your back will “go out” when it no longer can handle the increased strain.
What are subluxations?
Subluxation is the term chiropractors use to describe “dysfunctional” areas in the spine. We also refer to them as spinal misalignments. When your spine is working properly, it transmits information to the brain about how the body is moving and positioned. However, joints that have been injured or stressed turn on pain signals and turn off these position receptors. The result is information overload to the brain, which ultimately effects the function of the nervous system. When your nervous system doesn’t work right, you don’t work right. And when you don’t work right, you’re sick. Simple as that.
How do I get subluxations?
Subluxations are stress responses to the bumps and bruises we face in our everyday lives. Some of these have physical causes (such as sitting at a desk all day, falls, car accidents, etc.). Some are from emotional issues like anger, stress, or grief. Some are from living and eating in a toxic world (junk food, caffeine, pollution, and so on).
Most of the time, your body deals with these stressors without you being consciously aware of them. But if your body is overwhelmed, the balance in the nervous system is altered. When this happens, you move from a state of repair and regeneration to the “flight or fight” response where stress hormones are released and your body breaks down. This long-term stress makes you susceptible to illness.
The goal of chiropractic adjustments is to improve the function of the spinal joints so your spine functions at its best. When you move well, your body will work well.