Chiropractic is a natural and conservative form of health care, offering alternative treatment for many conditions other than medication and surgery.
It is important to understand why our spine plays such a significant role in our health. The brain and spinal cord make up the central nervous system which is completely encased and protected by the skull and spinal column.
The spinal cord and spinal nerves are the main pathway every function of the body.
“The nervous system controls and coordinates all organs and structures of the human body.”(Gray’s Anatomy, 29th Ed., page 4)
The spinal column includes 24 vertebra, each separated by a disc. Spinal nerves exit from between each vertebra and extend to all parts of the body. When spinal vertebrae are misaligned,those misalignments cause pressure or irritation on the nerves, causing pain, numbness,weakness, muscle spasms and interfering with proper nerve signals to parts of the body. Thesevertebral misalignments are called subluxations.
Chiropractic is a natural approach to health care.It is based on the very simple premise – that good health depends on a normal functioning nervous system. Chiropractic uses a “hands on” approach to treating and preventing disorders of the musculoskeletal system as well as the effects of those disorders on the nervous system. Chiropractic’s hands-on approach is treatment without the use of drugs or surgery.
Chiropractors are specialized in locating and correcting spinal subluxations. Treatment consists of manual manipulation of the spine to restore proper alignment. Such manipulations are called adjustments. Spinal adjustments can correct structural imbalances, thus restoring proper nerve function and relieving the symptoms of pain, numbness and muscle weakness. Not only can chiropractic treatment help to relieve pain,but it can also help to maintain better health by allowing the body to function at it’s optimum ability without nerve interference – therefore, the reason that chiropractic care should be a part of your health maintenance and preventative program.