What is chiropractic care?
Chiropractic was born in 1895 – the same year as medicine. There’s nothing mysterious about chiropractic. It’s a natural method of health care that focuses on treating the causes of physical problems, rather than just treating the symptoms.
Chiropractic is based on a simple but powerful premise: Central to chiropractic is the focus on the nervous system and “subluxations” or spinal misalignments. There are many factors that can cause a spinal misalignment: Physical, chemical, and emotional stress can cause spinal misalignments. Physical would include how you sit, sleep, and work plus previous accidents and injuries. Chemical refers to the food you eat, air you breathe, and the drugs or improper supplements you take. Mental includes emotional stress that affects the nerve system functions. The key to chiropractic is understanding that your nervous system controls and coordinates the physical, chemical and emotional well being of all your body’s living cells.
Basically, when spinal bones misalign, this causes the nervous system to malfunction. The misalignment of spinal bones is called a “subluxation.” Subluxations affect the normal coordination capabilities of your nervous system creating actual static within the nervous system – similar to not being able to adequately hear the other party when on a telephone line. As you know, this can be a frustrating experience! The chiropractic approach is to reduce or eliminate this “neurological interference.” With a normally functioning spine and healthy nerve system, your body is better able to heal itself because your spine is the lifeline of your nervous system; it controls feeling, movement, and all functions throughout your body.