There is a common misconception that chiropractic care is only effective for treating injuries. People often think of chiropractic when they suffer whiplash in a car accident, experience a sports injury, or throw their back out when lifting a heavy object. While chiropractors successfully treat injuries to the spine, neck, shoulder, arm, knee, and ankle, chiropractic care is also routinely used for problems seemingly unrelated to the musculoskeletal system.
The true miracle of chiropractic care is in the way that it benefits your nervous system. Low back pain, shoulder stiffness, and neck weakness can reveal issues in other parts of the body. It is this relationship between the nervous and musculoskeletal systems that makes chiropractic care so effective. Thus, chiropractic is just as important for nerve function as muscle function.
Your nervous system controls every function and process in your body. Because it is responsible for life, nature armored its various parts for protection. Your skull cradles and protects your brain and your strong but flexible spine houses your spinal cord.
There are 33 individual vertebrae in a human's spine. The vertebrae are grouped into five different types: cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacrum and coccyx. If the spine was composed of one solid bone like the skull, it would not be able to move and bend freely. The vertebrae are separated by small openings that provide a passageway for the nerves. The body's \"electrical wires\" interface the spinal cord to every part of the body - organs, tissues, blood vessels, muscles, and bones. The goal of a chiropractor is to properly align the spine so that nerve signals are not impeded and can properly regulate the functions of the body.
Consider a table lamp. If you cut the electrical cord, the light won't turn on. If the nerves that cause your heart to beat are pinched, you should probably address that problem before you fix your lamp.
Your spine is an amazing masterpiece of engineering. Even if you do not practice yoga or gymnastics, you know that your spine can articulate in all directions. Even getting out of bed in the morning requires numerous series of movements. Lifting a box, shooting a basket, mowing the lawn, or pushing a shopping cart requires strength in addition to fluid movement. Though the spine has extraordinary power and flexibility, its role as a protector for the spinal column creates vulnerability. This is where chiropractic comes into play. The goal of chiropractors and chiropractic care is to heal physical problems that result from this inherent vulnerability.
Anyone who has sprained their back knows that the spine is not immune to problems. Your chiropractor treats the inevitable result of spinal injury which is termed \"nerve interference\" in the chiropractic community. When nerve interference is eliminated by a skilled chiropractor, proper nerve function is restored. In turn, this alleviates pain, restores movement, and reduces swelling and soreness. If you want to enjoy an active lifestyle, seek chiropractic care at the first sign of pain.
Chiropractic treatment can also alleviate emotional problems such as depression and anxiety. Successful chiropractic therapy has a positive effect on insomnia and weight loss. An experienced chiropractor treats the whole person, not an isolated joint or limb. The philosophy of chiropractic care is to create an environment in the body that will allow the body to heal itself. There is no medication that maintains health as well as the body's immune system. Chiropractic care works in tandem with your immune system to heal current ailments and prevent future disease.
Chiropractic care is non-invasive, drug free, holistic, and often less pricey than conventional medical treatment. Chiropractic patients who cannot tolerate pain pills and anti-inflammatory medications find chiropractic care especially beneficial.