What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a healing art dedicated to letting
body heal itself. This is accomplished by removing the nerve
that causes disease and pain.
The brain tells the body how to work through the
system. The nervous system is so pervasive, that if you were
in dissolving fluid and it dissolved all of you except the nervous
you’d almost look like you!
The nerves are so special that they are surrounded
protected by the bones of the skull and spinal cord. The spinal
is made up of individual vertebrae so that you can move. Between
set of vertebrae there is a hole formed, half by the bone above and
by the bone below.
This hole is called the IVF, the intervertebral foramen (the hole
the bones) and is where the nerves from the spinal cord enter and exit
communicate with the rest of the body.
The vertebra are separated and cushioned by a jelly
material called the disk. Every time you move the vertebra twist,
and tilt. These pressures cause the disk to expand and contract
also cause the IVF to enlarge and shrink and change shape. There
enough cushioning in the IVF that the daily pressures on the exiting
entering nerves don’t cause any nerve interference.
However, when a vertebra gets knocked out of
and gets stuck or fixed in the wrong position, swelling occurs and the
are affected causing disturbances along the nerve. This creates
an excess (hyper) function or decreased (hypo) function or pain along
path of the nerves. One example of hyperfunction might be an
(the stomach nerves are constantly firing and causing over secretion of
acids). Hypofunction might be the stomach not being able to
digest the food that comes into it. A common type of pain is the
called “pinched nerve” where the nerves in the lower back that go into
leg get pinched and cause sciatica.
This is definitely an over simplification, but the
idea is that the bone locked out of place causes a nerve or nerves to
aberrant signals causing pain or dysfunction.
The job of a chiropractor is to gently realign the
to relieve the nerve pressure. When the nerve pressure is
the body can then restore itself to good health and pain free living.