What does a Chiropractor do?
Chiropractic is one of the largest form of natural health care on the planet! As Chiropractors we focus specifically on maintaining optimal function of your spine and your nervous system.
Your nervous system is your body's master control system. It is the communication pathway that relays signals from the brain to your body helping to coordinate every function.
Chiropractic is the art of maintaining a balanced and stable spine so that you and your family can enjoy the many benefits of a clearly functioning nervous system.
You literally live your life through your nervous system. Is yours working clearly?
Why do Chiropractors work on the spine?
Most people are aware that Chiropractors work with your spine. But why?
When it is working well, your spine upholds your body’s entire frame. It also allows you to move freely - bend, flex and twist. Most importantly it serves to protect and support your nervous system.
Your brain and the extension of your brain – your spinal cord and spinal nerves, connect to every single cell, tissue, muscle and organ in your body. This means that every single function in your body is completely reliant on your nervous system – sleep, movement, digestion, immunity, reproduction, healing and repair, strength, concentration and millions more!
It is vital for your body’s health and overall performance to have a nervous system communicating clearly.
What happens when your nervous system isn't communicating clearly?
When the brain - body connection (the joints in your spine) are not working well together, it can disrupt, irritate and even damage the delicate adjacent nerve tissues. Ultimately these dysfunctional areas in your spine can interfere with normal nervous system function and may have far reaching affects on how you feel, how you function and your overall health.
Imagine what it’s like when you are talking on a cell phone with bad reception, it’s really hard to get the message across. Poor communication can lead to problems in the body.
The chiropractic term for these areas of bad reception or nerve interference is Vertebral Subluxation.
Chiropractors are the only health professionals in the world trained to locate, analyse and reduce or correct vertebral subluxations, allowing you to function with greater ease.
Vertebral Subluxation (nerve interference)
What causes subluxation? In a word – Life!
Over the course of our lives our bodies are subject to numerous stressors.
Chiropractors recognise that there are 3 major types of stressors:
- Physical stressors: poor postures, heavy lifting, falls, sports injuries, car accidents, repetitive strain, not enough exercise and even the birthing process can put strain on a newborns spine.
- Chemical stressors: what we eat, drink and breathe – environmental chemicals, preservatives, sugar, toxins, skin care products, drugs and alcohol.
- Emotional stressors: relationships, loss of loved ones, anxiety, the build up of pressures we place on ourselves at school or work.
As we travel through life we are constantly adapting and evolving to our environment. Every Body has a limit as to how much stress it can manage. When excess stress is placed on the spine, vertebral subluxation or interference can take place.
It is important to recognise that a subluxation can exist without a pain or symptom. This is because only a small portion of your spinal nerves carry pain signals. This is why it is a wise idea for people to get their spine checked by a chiropractor regardless of how you might feel.
You wouldn’t start brushing your teeth only once you started to experience pain, by then it’s too late!
Equally, you might choose check the oil in your car from time to time, even if it is running well. The same proactive approach works well when aiming to keep your spine and body healthy.
Everybody deserves to have a nerve system free from interference. At Chiropractic HQ in Palmerston North, we're here to help you with just that.