All About Chiropractic
Over its 100 year history, Chiropractic science has slowly gained prominence in the field of healing arts. With the rate of growth steadily increasing, there is a continual need to acquaint new patients with the nature of Chiropractic care.
The modern chiropractor works both directly and indirectly with the nervous system. Every function of the body is under the control of this system. Every organ, tissue, and cell is controlled by nerve impulses traveling from the brain to all the parts of the body. Nerves make possible all movement. Nerves transmit all sensations to the brain. Nerves make possible all sight, smell, taste, touch, and hearing. Nerves maintain balance and keep the body temperature at 98.6 degrees. Nerves make it possible to swallow. Nerves make the bowels move. Nerves control the liver, lungs, spleen, pancreas, gall bladder, and kidneys. In fact, the nervous system is the master system, which controls all other systems of the body including: the glandular, reproductive, digestive, eliminative, respiratory, and circulatory systems.
It has been said that chiropractic care can add years to your life.
Every science of healing has what is known as an avenue of approach. For example, in the field of medicine a hypodermic needle injects drugs through the skin or a pill is swallowed and goes into the stomach. They are the avenues through which the drugs gain access to the body. In the field of chiropractic the avenue of approach is the spine. The spine houses and protects the spinal cord, the "switchboard" of the nervous system through which nerve fibers pass from the brain to different parts of the body. For every effect there is a cause. If a person is ill, then the condition or pain is an effect for which there must have been a cause. The nerves leave the spinal cord through openings between movable spinal bones called vertebrae. When vertebrae become misaligned due to injury or posture problems, they interfere with the normal function of the nerves. The misalignment causes pain and malfunction of the nervous system and is called a “subluxation”. The subluxation then becomes the cause of pain.
The objective of Chiropractic care is to determine, through x-ray films and thorough examination , the exact degree of spinal misalignment producing this subluxation. Proper adjustments are given to remove these subluxations and thus, remove the cause of pain and malfunction.