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What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a philosophy, science and art of things natural; a system of adjusting the spine, for the correction of the cause of dis-ease.

A central premise of chiropractic is that vertebral misalignments or malfunctions occur in the spine and can produce interferences in the function of the nerve system which have remarkable and far-reaching effects by impairing the individual's health and performance. These misalignments are referred to in chiropractic as subluxations, and are corrected with spinal adjustments administered by Doctors of Chiropractic (D.C.'s). 

Your nerve system controls and coordinates all the functions of your body. If you interfere with the signals traveling over nerves, parts of your body will not get the proper nerve messages and will not be able to function at 100% of their innate abilities. In other words, some part of your body will not be working properly

It is the responsibility of the Doctor of Chiropractic to locate subluxations, and reduce or correct them. This is done through a series of chiropractic adjustments specifically designed to correct the vertebral subluxations in your spine. Chiropractors are the only professionals who undergo years of training to be the experts at correcting subluxations.

The animation shows the interaction between the spine, your nerve system and the organs of your body. For a more detailed explanation click here.

Beyond the back

Chiropractic is great for back, neck and extremity pain. It is also great for restoring proper nerve function to the rest of your body that you don't think about. When the nerves that supply your organs, like the stomach, heart and lungs are irritated, these organs cease to function at their optimal level. This is why chiropractic can have a beneficial effect on certain conditions such as asthma, indigestion, constipation and premenstrual sundrome to name a few. Removing irritation and restoring balance to the nervous system enhances the body's capacity to heal.

Your body is controlled by three distinct nerve systems - the central nerve system, peripheral nerve system and autonomic nerve system (which is further divided into the parasympathetic and sympathetic nerve system). All 3 parts of the nerve system must be balanced so that they can operate in unity and create a truly healthy body. 

This chart illustrates the connection between the spine, nerve system and all the organs of the body.

 

 

 

Chiropractic is the Science, Art and Philosophy that concerns itself 
with the restoration of good health by restoring and maintaining a properly functioning nerve system, without the use of drugs or surgery.