What is Chiropractic? Chiropractic is a health care discipline that emphasizes the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery. There are some who believe a chiropractor is a back doctor or a spine doctor only. The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between the spine and the nervous system and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health.
What does a chiropractor do in his office? A chiropractor detects and corrects vertebral subluxation.
What is a vertebral subluxation? A vertebral subluxation is a condition in which the joints of the spine have lost their proper range of motion and areirritating the nervous system.
What causes Vertebral Subluxation? Research shows us that stress causes vertebral subluxation in the following ways:
- Chemical Stress causes focused areas of irritation that lead to abnormal muscle responses causing the spinal joint to lose its proper motion. Chemical stress can be poor diet, environmental toxins, or internal biochemical changes to name a few.
Physical Stress causes reflexive muscle spasm which leads to abnormal spinal movement.
- This can be sudden and acute injury or slow and chronic injury.
- Psychological Stress causes muscular tension created by the nervous system due to the “fight or flight” response to stress. Psychological stress also causes a release of stress related hormones that further create tension in the body. These things combined create abnormal muscle responses and alter the motion of the spine.
How does a vertebral subluxation affect health? Research shows us four definite effects of vertebral subluxation:
- Spinal Joint Degeneration: This happens predictably due to loss of motion in a spinal joint.
- Pain: This is a result of irritation to the nervous system and is what most people associate with spinal problems. In reality, only 10% of the irritation to the nervous system is actually perceived as pain, so pain (or lack of pain) is not a good indicator of spinal health.
- Sympathetic Nervous System Irritation: This is irritation to the “fight or flight” part of your nervous system. This part of your nervous system prepares you to defend yourself against danger. The vertebral subluxation creates a chronic irritation to the sympathetic nervous system which leads to dysfunction in the organs, glands, and tissues of your body.
- Reflexive Immobilization of the Spine: The irritation to the nervous system from the vertebral subluxation causes a reflex that creates muscle spasms along the spine further creating abnormal motion in the spine.
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