What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is the largest natural health care profession in the western world, with millions of people around the world experiencing the benefits daily.
Chiropractors assess and restore the function of the spine and joints of the body to improve the function of the nervous system. Due to the close relationship of the spine and the nervous system, if the spine isn't functioning optimally, the nervous system isn't functioning optimally. It is well known fact that the nervous system, (including your brain, spinal cord and all the small nerves), control every function of your body! Interference to normal nervous system function will impact your body's ability to function.
The Importance of a Properly Functioning Nervous System
The nervous system controls every cell, tissue, organ and muscle in your body. The nevous system consists of your brain, spinal cord, nerve roots and all of the nerves in your body. When vital nerve communication pathways are interfered with, ill health can be the result. Imagine interference to the nerve that detects heat and pain in your finger. You may not feel a burning hot object and you could burn your finger. Imagine interference to the nerve that co-ordinates mucous production in the nose. You may have a blocked nose or sinus problems. Imagine interference to the nerve that produces acid in the stomach. Reflux or heartburn may be a result. The list is endless as all the functions of the body are controlled by the nervous system.
How Does Interference Occur?
The brain is protected by the skull and the spinal cord is protected by the 24 bones (vertebrae) in the spine. Everyday occurrences such as poor posture, slips and falls, or lack of exercise can cause the vertebrae to lose their normal motion or alignment. When this happens, and interference to the Nervous System occurs it is know as a Vertebral Subluxation.
The misalignment of the vertebrae causes interference to nerve function. This may cause symptoms such as ill health, stiffness, tingling, numbness, pain and tightness of muscles. The problem is not all nerves detect pain. In fact most nerves don't detect pain! So you could have interference to your nervous system and not even be aware of it.
Chiropractors are the only professionals trained to identify and correct Vertebral Subluxations. Through safe, gentle and specific adjustments, your body can begin to function better and heal itself.
Over 2 million chiropractic adjustments are delivered to patients every day. Adjustments are far safer than muscle relaxants, back surgery or even a single aspirin. People under chiropractic care are among the healthiest in the world, enjoying greater vitality, improved flexibility and strength and using less medication.