The ability to adapt to internal and external influences is central to the body's ability to maintain it's health and sustain life. Virtually every vital life-sustaining process, whether it's digesting our dinner or responding to potential infection, depends on the integrity of this communication network between the brain andthe body.
Since the central nervous system is so vital, the body has wisely built in a system of protection. Around the brain we have the skull and around the spinal cord is a system of protection for the spine - 24 movable segments which have the dual role of protecting the central nervous system and providing the axis for the entire musculoskeletal system. Each vertebra has a unique set of nerves that pass through it to the other systems of the body through individual holes called the foramen.
Ironically, the very thing that is designed to protect the spinal cord can actually interfere with it, due to misalignment of the spinal vertebrae.
Chiropractors maintain the proper position of these delicate joints and the precious cargo they protect, your nervous system. Pressure on the root nerves that exit the spine or on the brain stem can affect millions of nerve fibers. Interfering with with never fiber can have disastrous affects on your health. Spinal misalignments are typically caused by stress that overwhelms the body's resilience and coping ability. Physical stress can occur as the result of a car accident or slipping on an icy sidewalk, improper posture, occupation trauma, or birth trauma.
Emotional stress can be the result of significant emotional trauma or the inability to adapt to a stressful situation. Chemical trauma can result from the misuse of prescription or illicit drugs, inadequate nutrition, or environmental toxins. By interfering with the nervous system, those misalignments interfere with normal function, reducing your body's ability to self-regulate, adapt, and heal.
Chiropractors detect and correct the cause of this interference though adjustments, allowing your body to properly self-regulate, adapt and heal. The care and maintenance of the spine and nervous system is a necessary component of any natural approach to healthcare.
Adjustments are simply the movement of a specific joint, performed by a trained professional. There are over two hundred different chiropractic techniques, some use manual (by hand) adjustments, table drop adjustments, instrument adjusting, and energy adjustment. They are all effective (we've seen positive outcomes from all techniques), but one technique does not work for everyone.