What is Chiropractic and how can it help?
Chiropractic is a health care profession that primarily focuses on the proper movement and function of the spine. In addition to the spine, Chiropractors focus on disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous system. Although Chiropractors are known to treat back pain, we also treat many other things such as neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.
Below is a brief explanation of the nervous system and what a Chiropractor does to help stimulate your nervous system!
Wait a Chiropractor stimulates my nervous system?
Yes and I’ll explain below!
The nervous system is like a network of electricity and electrical wiring just like in your house. Chiropractic stimulates the nervous system just like when you turn on a light. What do you do when the power goes out in your house? You flip the circuit breaker off and on to see if the power comes back on. Think of flipping the switch to the on position to the circuit breaker of your house as the chiropractic adjustment. It turns the power on to help you function better!
Chiropractic stimulates the nervous system just like when you turn on a light.
So Chiropractic turns the power on?
What exactly are Chiropractors looking for and how do they fix it?
In the body the brain connects to the spinal cord which runs down your neck and back. The spinal cord has many different nerves that branch out to help with the function of your whole body. These nerves control the function of the muscles, your skin sensation and all of your five senses. Nerves not only control the function of your muscles and five senses, but also the function of your internal organs as well.
The nerves that come out of the spinal cord may become compressed (pinched) due to a misalignment of the spine. These misalignments can cause inflammation in the spine and/or to other parts of the body. Chiropractors find these misalignments and correct them by adjusting them back in proper position with their hands or specific tools. Once the misalignments are corrected the pressure is taken off of the nerves coming out of the spinal cord causing the body to heal itself. The adjustment increases the range of motion of the joint, decreases tension in the muscle and stimulates nerves, spinal cord and the brain as well. This stimulation does in fact help with the function of the nervous system.
If you want to reduce your pain and function better let’s flip that switch to the on position and keep it on!
Next week we will be discussing what the cracking sound is when you get adjusted.
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