Chiropractic is the culmination of scientific knowledge and research, a philosophy, and a healing art-form which is promoted by an understanding that the central nervous system, which is composed of the brain and spinal cord, is vital to human potential, performance, and health. The purpose of chiropractic is to restore and maintain the integrity of this relationship between the brain, spinal column, spinal cord, and nerve roots. Small misalignments of the vertebrae (bones of the spine) put pressure on and will interfere with the proper function of these important nerve pathways. This nerve interference is what chiropractors refer to as a subluxation.
Subluxations prevent various organs, glands, tissues, and cells from functioning optimally which can feel like increased fatigue, increased stress, and overall decreased performance. Vertebral subluxations can be caused by any one or a combination of 3 primary forms of stressors to the body. These stresses can appear physical (ergonomics, injury, repetitive motions), chemical (dehydration, environmental factors, nutrition, hormonal changes, medications) or mental/emotional (relationships regarding work, finances, parenthood, life changes) in nature. When the quantity of nerve interference surpasses the body’s ability to adapt, the body cannot function as optimally as it was designed to, and quality of life is lessened.
Doctors of Chiropractic provide a thorough health history review, physical exam, and analysis of the spinal column for vertebral subluxations (site of nerve interference). Chiropractors can use a variety of methodologies to reduce the occurrence of subluxations in the spine through gentle and specific adjustments. When the body is free from subluxations, the proper transmission of messages can occur through the pathways of the central nervous system, enabling every part of the body proper nerve supply. Proper nerve supply allows the body to work most efficiently to heal, perform, recover, recreate, and express health to the best of its ability.
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