Among people seeking back pain relief alternatives, most choose chiropractic treatment. About 22 million Americans visit chiropractors annually. Of these, 7.7 million, or 35%, are seeking relief from back pain from various causes, including accidents, sports injuries, and muscle strains. Other complaints include pain in the neck, arms, and legs, and headaches.
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is the science and art of restoring and maintaining health by removing nerve interference within the body, allowing health to be regained naturally, without the use of drugs and surgery. The chiropractor removes nerve interference by physically “adjusting” specific areas of the spine to restore it’s correct, normal positioning.
The Living Miracle
To better understand how chiropractic can help maintain the natural state of good health, a brief and simplified explanation of how the spine and nervous system work is necessary. Every health and medical manual will tell you that the nervous system is the master control system of the human body. Your NERVOUS SYSTEM consists of 3 things:
- Spinal Cord
- Spinal Nerves
(they lead to all your organs and muscles)
Your incredible BRAIN controls every single function by sending and receiving billions of nerve signals along the SPINAL NERVES leading from your SPINAL CORD to all your organs and muscles. It also controls your immune system which fights disease and keeps the germs away.
The nervous system is so vital to overall health that is it encased in a protective bony structure. Your BRAIN, which is protected by your SKULL, connects to your SPINAL CORD, which is protected by your SPINE. Your spine is made up of 24 movable “vertebrae”. Between each vertebra are a pair of spinal nerves which branch off the cord, go out into the body, and attach to your vital parts.
When the spine is in it’s proper position the nerves are protected and optimal communication (nerve transmission) exists between the brain and the rest of the body. This is when the body is at it’s highest state of health.
The nervous system is sensitive to interference, especially at it’s protecting structure- the spinal column. The vertebrae are seriously affected by certain stresses which can distort their positioning- causing twists, bends, and kinks which pull, strain, and put direct pressure on these delicate nerves. Any physical, chemical, or emotional stress- which is too great for the body to adapt to, will cause spinal nerve interference or VERTEBRAL SUBLUXATION:
- PHYSICAL STRESS can range from whiplash trauma to sitting at your desk day after day with your head turned to the same side. The birth process itself can exert 40 – 60 lbs. of pressure on a baby’s spine.
- CHEMICAL STRESS is anything from eating too much sugar and preservatives to breathing environmental pollutants. This upsets the body’s chemistry which disrupts the muscles’ and ligaments’ tone- resulting in nerve interference.
- MENTAL-STRESS is something everyone has experienced in either tense or emotional situations, or in everyday living. Mental stress causes the ligaments and muscles to tighten resulting in nerve interference.
The SUBLUXATION is often in the form of decreased or weaker nerve flow and, in turn, causes malfunctioning within the body- If a nerve is irritated at the spine, the organ at the other end will not function properly.
THIS is exactly what reduces the body’s natural ability to heal. And it is this VERTEBRAL SUBLUXATION, specifically, which the Doctor of Chiropractic addresses…
He or she FINDS the problem and REMOVES the problem; allowing the the body to regain the level of health and happiness we were all born to express.
VERTEBRAL SUBLUXATION is present in people of all ages- Studies estimate that as many as 90% of all persons have some form of vertebral subluxation. Less than 15% of all nerve interference is accompanied by pain or symptoms- so it is often the case that our health is being seriously affected without us ever being aware of it. The exact criteria that chiropractors go by in their examination of the body, such as posture checks and X-ray evaluation, are the subtle signs that everyday people are not usually aware of- and these are the clues which allow for vital, early detection of VERTEBRAL SUBLUXATION.
How can you stay healthy?
In addition to a program of regular spinal adjustments that will improve the nerve function of your body, and therefore your overall health, chiropractic supports the basic habits of proper nutrition, quality exercise, sufficient rest, good posture, and a positive attitude.
For you to live a longer, healthier, and happier life it is imperative that you be aware of the fact that vertebral subluxation is truly a serious condition in itself and can easily develop into conditions affecting every part of your body.
Chiropractors are the only health professionals specializing in the detection and removal of vertebral subluxation- And it is this nerve interference which can impair proper function and ultimately stifle human potential. Good health always comes from within the body and chiropractic is an excellent means of achieving this. Don’t wait for health-threatening, or even life-threatening conditions to develop.
No matter what else you do…
…If the messages from your brain do not properly reach each and every cell of your body, if your nervous system does not work correctly, then you will never be all you could be physically, mentally, and spiritually.