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What is chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a natural method of healthcare that treats the causes of physical problems rather than just the symptoms. Chiropractic is based on a simple but powerful premise: With a healthy lifestyle and normally functioning spinal joints and nerves, your body is better able to heal itself. That’s because the spinal cord, which is protected by the spine, is the main pathway of your nervous system. It controls movement, feeling and function throughout your body.

What is the nervous system?

Your nervous system is the dominant system in your body. It controls and regulates the function of all cells, tissues, organs, and systems of your body. Because of the importance of this system, nature protects most of the system by bone. Your skull protects your brain and your spinal bones protect the spinal cord and spinal nerve roots.

Your nervous system’s functionality can be compared to an electrical system. Just as with electrical systems, the proper flow of energy through your nerves is vital for normal function and health. Your brain sends “messages” down your spinal cord, and branches out the spinal nerves to the different organs of your body. In response, the organs send a corresponding "message” back through the nerves, up the spinal cord, and back to the brain to complete the information loop.

The specialty of a chiropractor is to maintain or fix the flow of this “message” to maintain a healthy functioning body. A blockage of the “message” transmission called spinal subluxation can result in sickness and disease. Proper “message” flow promotes healing, health and wellness.

What is spinal subluxation?

Subluxation occurs when joints in your spine do not move properly. This joint dysfunction can put pressure on the spinal cord or on nerves that exit from the spinal cord. Subluxation can happen when you misuse or overuse your spine. Injury, stress or poor posture can also cause subluxation. You may have pain and stiffness in your back, or numbness and tingling in your legs or arms.

The joints in your spine allow the bones (vertebrae) to move. When the joints are aligned, the bones glide smoothly. Discs act as cushions between the bones, and ligaments and muscles connect and support the bones.

An unhealthy spinal joint does not function properly. Joints can become misaligned or restricted in their range of motion if ligaments and muscles are stretched or torn, or if discs bulge, rupture or wear down. Then the spinal cord or the nerves that branch from it can become irritated, causing pain.

Chiropractors specialize in treating spinal subluxation.