What is Chiropractic?
Doctors of chiropractic are specialists in neurology. We access the nervous system through the joints of the body, especially those of the spine.
Joints send information to the brain regarding posture, movement, and speed. When motion is limited or has gone wrong a warning message is sent to the brain in the form of a pain sensation. A chiropractic adjustment restores normal motion to the joint. This prevents further damage to the joint tissue and silences pain nerve endings, naturally. It does this without the use of medications, which can damage important organs like the stomach, liver or kidneys. And, because of its broad effect within the central nervous system, chiropractic care can actually help those organs function better!
What happens when you simply take a pain medication?
Pain sensors are silenced, so motion may increase. But, this motion is increasing in a joint that is not working correctly. This leads to tissue damage. Tissue damage leads to scar tissue, scar tissue leads to decreased motion… the cycle continues. Over time, pain medications can cause damage to the stomach lining and the liver as the body attempts to metabolize them.
Occasionally, the body will begin to accommodate a long-standing malposition in the spine. Muscles will compensate for the disrupted normal motion and pain will subside on its own. However, this does not alleviate the nerve compression being caused by the malposition, which will interrupt neurological input to the muscles and organs served by that particular spinal nerve.
How can chiropractic effect organ or systemic dysfunctions; like diabetes, digestive problems, or incontinence?
The nerves that exit the joints in the spinal column not only go to muscles; they also go to the internal organs. That means that when those joints get adjusted, the nerve impulses to and from your heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, pancreas, bladder, etc. are improved as well. The SIDE EFFECT of chiropractic care is a full body tune-up.