Chiropractic is vastly misunderstood among the general public. It is inevitable that we can’t fully understand the depth of a certain area of study unless we immerse ourselves in it. This is precisely the reason we hire an accountant, a lawyer, and a realtor to take care of our respective needs in their field of expertise. Clearing the nervous system of interference by using a specific and safe adjustment is the domain of a chiropractor. The chiropractic profession was built upon principles and a philosophy that was founded over 100 years ago and is now the 2nd largest health care profession in the world. Somewhere during the professions’ history, a chiropractor has been portrayed as someone you see “to get your back cracked to cure your pain.” This is as far from the truth as imaginable.
Your children are an excellent example of the amazing intelligence of the nervous system and the body. Two cells meet, divide and continued to divide. The nervous system (brain, spinal cord, and nerves) were the first system to develop upon conception and continued to develop a heart, lungs, eyes, ears, little fingers and toes in perfect harmony. Your child was born exhibiting one of the greatest miracles of life.
It is the nervous system that controls all other systems. It regulates the heart rate and rhythm, it allows the lungs to coordinate breathing, giving essential oxygen to the brain and body. It controls the gut and digestion, senses, and regulates all hormones and chemicals that are integral to your bodies homeostasis. A chiropractors job is to locate, analyze, and remove any interference in your nervous system — the master system of your body — to facilitate your body’s innate wisdom to heal itself. We were never programmed to be sick. Symptoms such as pain, sneezing, coughing, runny nose, etc., are our body’s perfect adaptation to warn us that something is out of balance and needs to be changed. Chiropractic is a physiological approach to health care while medicine is a pathological approach to sick care.
Any interference in your nervous system is termed “subluxation” in the chiropractic world, which is literally broken down as sub-meaning less, lux-meaning light. Subluxations arise from stress, whether emotional, physical or chemical. Do you have any stress in your life? Many of the foods that we eat today are pumped full of hormones, antibiotics, sprayed with herbicides and pesticides, and pose a significant stress to our bodies. A physical stress is described as any type of trauma, such as falling down, sports injuries, car accidents and often times birth traumas. Emotionally, our home life, workplace and other relationships can produce stress in our lives. All of these stresses are processed by our nervous system and handled the best way our body knows how, but often times manifest in a physical form, resulting in displacement of the spinal column. The chiropractic adjustment is a specific force put into the body to clear your nervous system from any subluxations (interference), allowing your body to function to its optimal potential, becoming a greater expression of life and allowing our inborn intelligence to heal itself.
Chiropractic is a way of treating the body as a whole to aid your body in functioning to its maximum potential, embracing a unique approach to create balance in your nervous system without the use of drugs or surgery—therefore optimizing your inborn intelligence to move closer to health, rather than away from disease. There are a wide spectrum of chiropractic specialties and techniques, but the fundamental philosophy is the keystone from which the profession was built. Find a chiropractor with whom you feel a connection and comfortable while keeping in mind that your body is its own greatest doctor.