Many people have the misconception that Chiropractic is only good for backaches, disc problems, stiff necks, sciatica, whiplash, and other spinal pain-related conditions. While it is true that chiropractic is very helpful for these conditions, many other problems of bodily dysfunctions can also be helped.
The reason chiropractors work with the spine is because of the spine houses and protects the delicate spinal cord. The spinal cord is particularly important because it is the switchboard, the main communications link between the brain and the body. Composed of a bundle of fine nerve threads and protective tissues, the spinal cord passes through a series of bony rings, the vertebrae, which make up the spine. Supreme overall systems of the body, the nervous system is composed of the brain, spinal cord, and nerve branches.
From inside this hollow spinal column, the nerves of the spinal cord branch off at intervals and pass out between the vertebrae to supply the various organs, glands, and tissues with vital nerve energy. The branching network of nerve fibers is so extensive that if all other tissues, organs, and bones were dissolved away a perfectly recognizable human frame would be left with all its features. The nervous system is ultimately related to every cell in the body.
As a result of the information from your brain, that is passed down the spinal cord, out the 31 pairs of spinal nerves to your body, all of the bodily functions go on normally. Right now your heart is beating, your stomach is digesting food, and your kidneys are detoxifying your blood. Many things are being accomplished in your body, all at once, without you being aware of it, as long as the nervous system is unimpeded. The holes through which these nerves pass from the spinal cord to the various tissues of the body are called intervertebral foramen. These intervertebral foramina are not rigid, they are formed by the relationship between two adjacent vertebrae. The spine is constructed to be both strong and flexible. There is a continual alteration of the size and shape of the intervertebral foramen throughout the course of the day as the movement of the body twists and bends.
Problems with the nervous system arise when a vertebra becomes misaligned in relation to one another, as a result of an accident, stress, birth trauma, or even unnatural postures. 90 percent of all interference with nerves happens at the spine. These misaligned vertebrae, over a period of time, may alter the transmissions of the vital nerve energy transmitted by the nerve exiting at the involved foramen. This condition is called a subluxation, and if left uncorrected can lead to malfunction of the body.
The chiropractor’s job is to locate and adjust vertebral subluxations, thus removing interference to the nervous system. Restored to its normal balance with freely moveable vertebrae and intervertebral foramen, the nerves can pass information to the body and receive information back, allowing for proper coordination and function of the entire body.