Chiropractic focuses on the body's inborn capacity to maintain and restore its own health. This inborn wisdom, or innate intelligence, helps the body constantly adapt to changes in its internal and external environment to help the body survive and thrive in changing conditions. The nervous system (through the brain and spinal cord) coordinates and controls the function of all of the body's organs and systems, and even the function of its myriad cells.
Misalignments in the vertebrae that make up the spinal column can interfere with the transmission of information from the brain, over the spinal cord to the spinal nerves and, ultimately, to all systems of the body. These misalignments, called vertebral subluxations, can disrupt proper nerve function and lead to decreased performance and health.
Chiropractors locate, analyze and gently correct vertebral subluxations by using a broad range of adjusting techniques. By restoring proper nerve flow, the chiropractor helps people enjoy more of their full potential for health and optimal performance.
Chiropractic involves the study of philosophy, science and art. Philosophy considers the fundamental nature of existence, of human beings and of their interaction with the environment. The sciences deal with human biology - especially the relationship between the spinal segments and the nerve system, and the effect this relationship has on the body's innate striving to express and maintain its own health. Chiropractic's art is the expression of its philosophy and is concerned with locating and correcting vertebral subluxations.
Ultimately, chiropractic is concerned with improving the body's expression of life and health.
Taking A Natural Systemic Approach To Healing
Chiropractic is an overall way of looking at the human body. It's based on the idea that the body is self-sustaining and self-healing. The body is in essence completely controlled by the brain through its connection via the spinal cord and the vast networks of nerves that make up the body. When this system is not functioning at its peak, the overall performance of the human body is lacking.
In the chiropractic world, drugs and medicine are not utilized as a form of treating a patient. While supplementation and nutrition are almost always a part of the bigger picture, drugs and prescriptions can be viewed as band-aids to treat symptoms rather than going to the source and treating the real problem.
While it's often perceived that the chiropractor is solely here to treat back and neck pain, this is simply a small piece of what the profession really is capable of handling. Chiropractors not only treat soft and hard tissue problems such as sciatica and joint pain, but are largely called on to deal with more significant issues. Some of these issues include fibromyalgia, allergies, insomnia, headaches and many more.