Many people do not realize that there can be more to chiropractic than the relief of headaches and back pain! Our primary focus is the integrity of the nervous system, which controls and regulates every cell and tissue of the body. If the moving bones of the spinal column aren’t functioning properly, this vital communication link between the mind and body can be impaired. Chiropractors call this a subluxation. As chiropractors, we help improve the function and structure of the spine, reducing nervous system irritation. The result? Even seemingly unrelated health problems can show improvement.
The nervous system is the master control system of the entire body and consists primarily of the brain, spinal cord and nerves. When everything is functioning properly, the brain sends instructions through the spinal cord and out through the nerves to all the organs and tissues of the body. In turn, those organs and tissues send messages back to the brain letting it know how the body is functioning. This constant feedback between brain and body is what helps us adapt to our environments.
One such example of this is the digestive system. Simply put, when we eat, the nerves send feedback to the brain letting it know how much food is in our stomach. The brain follows by telling the stomach exactly how much stomach acid is needed to digest the amount of food it contains. Think about this: what happens if the nerves sending or receiving messages from the stomach are being interfered with by improperly moving spinal bones? What if the stomach releases too much acid… or not enough? It is not surprising that many people have reported improvement in heartburn or digestive problems after receiving chiropractic adjustments. Does this mean that chiropractic cures stomach problems? Absolutely not! What this means is that if the problem is caused by interference to the nervous system, then removing that interference will help the body heal and function as it is supposed to.
Once their bodies have begun to function properly, chiropractic patients have reported improvement in conditions such as fibromyalgia, dizziness, sinus troubles, menstrual problems, TMJ (jaw) problems, headaches, childhood ear infections, bed wetting, colic and more!
“An intact nervous system will lead to optimum functioning of the human body.”—Dorlands Medical Text