Chiropractic is a natural approach to healthcare that focuses on locating and removing interference from the nervous system. The nervous system, which is made up of the brain, spinal cord and millions of nerves, is the master system that controls every cell, tissue and organ of your body. The spinal cord itself is the ‘information superhighway’ that allows instructions to pass from our brain to the rest of the body and allows information from the body to be relayed back to the brain. If there is any interference in this vital pathway, the body is not able to function at 100% of its potential and this can lead to a wide variety of health problems.
Simply put, if your nervous system doesn’t work right, YOU don’t work right and that means you’re not as healthy as you could be!
The main principle of chiropractic is that the body is able to heal itself, it just needs to be free from interference. This interference oftentimes comes from one of the 25 moveable spinal bones surrounding the spinal cord. These bones can become ‘stuck’ (subluxated) due to any physical, chemical or emotional stress that a person might be under.
When a spinal bone is subluxated it interferes with the communication pathway between the brain and the body and it can lead to a variety of health problems. No matter what technique a chiropractor uses, the main goal of a chiropractic treatment (called an adjustment) is to make sure that the spinal bones are moving properly to allow the nervous system to function at its best and therefore to allow the body to heal naturally, without the use of drugs or surgery.
By removing the spinal subluxations that interfere with the proper function of the nervous system, chiropractic is often able to help with a wide variety of ailments, from back and neck pain and headaches to sinus problems, allergies, gastric reflux, constipation and more. Chiropractors can even adjust joints in the head, arms and legs to remove nerve interference in those areas.