Your body is a self-regulating and self-healing organism, constantly striving for balance. The inborn intelligence of your body makes sure that you heal without having to do anything for it, like when you cut your finger.
With this innate intelligence running the show, your brain processes millions of automatic functions every second. These are the aspects of your health and life that you take for granted every day. Every second hundreds of thousands of new cells are made by your body. The quality of these cells depends on how well your central nervous system communicates with the rest of your body.
Your brain is the most important organ in your body. It’s the central processing unit that, together with your spinal cord, forms the central nervous system. Important nerves from the spinal cord come out between the bones of your spine and travel to the rest of your body. This way your nervous system controls every cell in your body. The state of your nervous system directly determines the state of your health.
Everyday stressors and overuse of your spine (poor posture, sitting, bending, lifting, etc.) can cause your spinal joints to misalign and stop functioning like they should. Chiropractors call these dysfunctional joints ‘vertebral subluxations’. Subluxations cause interference in your nervous system, limiting the communication between your brain and your body. A chiropractor removes this interference by adjusting the spine. Chiropractic adjustments are gentle manual techniques that restore the normal movement of the joints and remove the interference to the nervous system.
When your nervous system functions without interference, your body can heal itself optimally. This way chiropractic care can help people with various health problems. Although chiropractic isn’t necessarily about pain or symptom relief, people often notice great positive changes. Helping your spine and nervous system to function to the best of its ability is the century-old basis of chiropractic. Treating symptoms and curing various diseases is the practice of medicine. Both have their place.
Is chiropractic for me?
If you’re interested in improving your wellbeing in a natural way, chiropractic is for you. We all experience physical stress on our spines: sitting at work, bending, lifting kids, using a phone or tablet, sports injuries, falls, pregnancy, car accidents. Having your spine checked regularly to make sure your body is able to heal and function optimally should be just as common as exercising and brushing your teeth. This way problems can be prevented.
Even though symptoms like pain are usually there to tell you something is wrong, they are not always a reliable indicator of what is going on in your body. Problems in your spine can be present without any pain or symptoms.
Chiropractic is suitable for all ages, from babies and growing children to seniors, and it can be utilized over a lifetime. The greatest benefits are received with regular ongoing care.
Children and chiropractic
People often wonder when it is best to start chiropractic care. The answer is: as soon as possible! Chiropractic adjustments for babies and children are very gentle and safe. The birth process can have a big impact on the function of the spine and nervous system. Think about the pressure on the head and neck during a normal birth, and how there is even more stress on the baby’s spine with a Caesarean section, forceps delivery or vacuum extraction. The resulting interference to the nervous system caused by spinal and cranial subluxations can be the cause of many newborn health complaints.
As the infant grows, learning to hold up the head, sit, crawl and walk are all activities that affect spinal function and are important times to have a child checked by a chiropractor. A child will fall over approximately 2500 times before the age of three so subluxations can easily build up in the spine and remain undetected until symptoms show later in life. Any interference to the nerve system will adversely affect the body’s ability to function and heal at its best. Because children are constantly growing and developing it is especially important for them to get checked regularly.