Chiropractic is a natural health care approach aimed at how altered or lacking joint movement in the spine creates interference to the nervous system, and the effects this interference has on the rest of the body.
The nervous system regulates every cell, tissue and organ in your body.
Daily activities, stress, past injuries and lifestyle factors can create interference within the nervous system and its ability to send messages to and from the brain to the body; a subluxation complex. The interference is removed through a specific chiropractic adjustment.
Your body can function optimally providing there is no interference.
How does chiropractic work?
The human body is a self-regulating organism with an innate ability to heal itself; this is coordinated through the nervous system.
The nervous system includes your brain, spinal cord, spinal nerves and peripheral nerves. The brain and spinal cord are encased in bone for protection; namely the skull and the individual vertebral bones that make up the spine. The nervous system regulates every single cell, tissue, organ and function in the body, as well as helps you adapt to your environment. When our spines are in normal alignment and moving correctly, our nervous system is able to function optimally.
Symptoms are your body’s way of communicating to you that you need to create a change. Rather than ignoring the symptom, hoping it will go away of its own accord; stop. Ask yourself ‘Why has this symptom presented in the first place’?
Pain is a symptom experienced by a majority of people at some point in their life;
- low back pain
- neck pain
- period pain
- joint pain
- pains related to pregnancy
The list goes on…
Consider other symptoms that occur in the body that are relatively common in the population:
- poor quality sleep,
- irritable bowel
- foggy thinking
- poor concentration
- lack of energy
- “growing pains”
All messages from your body, telling you that change is needed. These symptoms are common, but they are not normal.
Your body has incredible compensatory capabilities. Every day we are exposed to a vast array of stressors, whether they are physical, chemical or emotional which your body absorbs, and adapts accordingly to changes in your environment. It also compensates for parts of the body that are not functioning optimally over lengthy periods of time, and has the capacity to heal itself from illness and injuries sustained throughout life.
How you feel is not always a good indication of how healthy you are. Symptoms can often be one of the last things to appear; therefore they are not an accurate measure of health. Take tooth decay for example, you are usually not alerted to there being a problem until the decay has worked its way through the tooth and is affecting the nerve beneath, often creating pain.
Symptoms are not necessarily always a bad thing. For instance; imagine you unknowingly eat some spoiled food. Later you develop stomach cramps and begin vomiting. You certainly don’t feel well, but thankfully your body is functioning correctly by expelling the spoiled food!
Given that the nervous system controls every other single cell, tissue, organ and function in the body, it is important that your nervous system is functioning optimally so it can coordinate all of the body’s different needs and requirements at any given moment.