The human spine is a wonderfully balanced structure comprised of 24 vertebrae, spanning from the base of the skull to the pelvis. The seven cervical vertebrae connect to the twelve larger thoracic vertebrae, that further connect to the even larger five lumbar vertebrae.
Stacked like building blocks, the spine is the main structural support of the skeleton and its unique combination of balanced curves allows us to stand in an erect posture. The discs are found In between the vertebrae. Often described as a ‘jelly filled doughnut,’ a disc is actually a vastly different structure. In the center one third of a disc is the nucleus, which consists of highly hydrated, laminated tissue. This is surrounded by progressively thicker bands of tissue referred to as the annulus. Together, these components serve as an effective shock absorber.
A normal spine has about a 42 degree forward curve in the neck, a backward elliptical curve (elongated circular shape) in the midback and a forward elliptical curve in the lower back. These curves are considered normal. Once normal is defined accurately, abnormal positions can now be defined as well.
The premise of chiropractic is that vertebral misalignments or malfunctions occur in the spine and can produce interferences in the function of the nervous system. These misalignments can rotate or translate out of place at very precise angles. These misalignments are referred to in chiropractic as subluxations (link to sublixations page), and are corrected with spinal adjustments administered by Doctors of Chiropractic (D.C.’s).
Your nervous system controls and coordinates all the functions of your body. If you interfere with the signals traveling over nerves to parts of your body will not get the proper nervous messages and will not be able to function at 100% of their capable physiology. In other words, some part of your body will not be working properly.
It is the responsibility of the Doctor of Chiropractic to locate subluxations, and reduce and/or correct them. This is done through a series of chiropractic adjustments specifically constructed to correct the vertebral subluxations in your spine. Chiropractors are the only professionals who undergo years of training to be the experts at correcting subluxations.
Above Chart illustrates the connection between the spine, nervous system and all the organs of the body.
Many people think that chiropractic is only for your back. This misconception is easily understood. After all, chiropractors do work primarily on your back. However, Chiropractic is about having a healthy spine & nervous system, allowing your body to be as healthy as possible.
Your nervous system is divided into three parts – the central, peripheral & autonomic nervous system (which is further divided into the parasympathetic & sympathetic nervous system). All 3 parts of the nervous system must be balanced so that they can operate in unity & create a truly healthy body.
Spinal joint fixation (subluxation) results in compression on your nerves. This nervous irritation(known as facilitation) leads to exaggerated activity of the nervous system, resulting in muscular tension, postural asymmetries, and limited and painful motion.
Other problems include chronic hyperactivity of the sympathetic nervous system producing a variety of syndromes.
Chiropractic has proven to assist with the following conditions:
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), Ulcers, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crown’s Disease, Gall Bladder Problems, Heart Problems, Asthma, Allergies, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and other Lung Problems.