Vertebrae (the bones in your back) fit together so that the nerve supply produced in your brain may filter down your spinal cord and out over your nerves. These mental impulses of vital energy are responsible for growth, repair, and healing in your entire body. When vertebrae are out of their natural alignment, nerves become stretched or twisted (commonly referred to as a nerve “pinch”), and this vital communication system in the body is disrupted. This neurological disturbance is called a vertebral subluxation, and it may result in the failure of one or more parts of the body, as well as sickness in general. Subluxations can also foster the onset of sickness and disease as the body weakens. The Doctor of Chiropractic specializes in the detection and correction of subluxations. Instead of treating the symptoms of the disease, the chiropractor corrects the subluxation so that normal body functions may take place. This is done by gently pressing on your spine to align the vertebrae into their correct position. As this vital nerve energy is restored, your body heals, and the symptoms of the disease/dysfunction begin to diminish.
Wellness care starts before you are sick or after you have regained your health. The best time to check for vertebral subluxations is before the lack of nerve supply causes a breakdown of cells, tissues, and organs. The World Health Organization reminds us that disease takes time to develop. Chiropractors look at the subluxation time line like this: Lack of vital nerve energy starves tissue, causing cells to die, and leads to organ malfunction, which starts a cycle of symptoms or pain. The wellness approach of frequent chiropractic checkups to locate and correct vertebral subluxations helps prevent sickness and disease.
Newborn infants should be checked for vertebral subluxations hours after birth. The birth process, even under natural and controlled conditions, is potentially traumatic. During the pushing stage of labor, the spine, particularly the neck, may be subluxated as the baby is compressed and pushed down the birth canal. Although birth subluxations may cause immediate symptoms, such as respiratory problems, there may be far reaching effects that are manifested for years. The child’s ability to fight against disease, for example, may be lowered. Colds, ear infections, colic, and other illnesses may result.
Staying healthy takes commitment and hard work. Chiropractic adjustments are an important part of that commitment. The chiropractic approach to health care is natural. It does not try to stimulate or inhibit normal body function. Instead, the chiropractor addresses the important relationship between the nervous system and disease. This vitalistic approach focuses on optimizing your inherent healing ability. Teens and adults benefit from chiropractic-care with improved health.
Prevention is acting before something breaks down, to avoid future problems. One of the most important things you will ever do for your health is chiropractic care. Protected inside your skull and vertebrae are your brain and nervous system, which is the information center of your entire body. This life line is responsible for every function in your body. When you participate in wellness chiropractic care, you are investing in your future by optimizing your health and overall wellness.