How Chiropractic Works
The brain controls all the body's functions. It communicates with other parts of the body by nerve impulses. Most of these impulses are relayed to the other body parts via the spinal cord. The spinal cord is protected by the spinal column, which consists of individual vertebrae separated by cushioning discs. From the spinal column, nerves network out between the vertebra to most of the organs and muscles in the body. Upon exceptional stress to your spinal
column, such as an accident, years of poor posture, or long-term tension, the vertebrae can slip out of position and "pinch a nerve." The term for this condition is SUBLUXATION. A vertebral subluxation is a misaligned vertebra causing interference with nerve messages between the brain and the body. This can cause symptoms of backache, tingling in the arms and legs, head-aches, fatigue, improper digestion and other system dysfunction. Chiropractic locates subluxations and through gentle adjustments can restore the body's normal functions. With nerve passages open and regulatory impulses free to pass, the body's wonderful nervous system heals itself. Chiropractic goes directly to the root of the problem by treating the cause and not just the symptom. It does not mask symptoms as painkillers and frequently addictive prescription drugs often do.
Are you popping pills?
We are exposed to thousands of drug commercials all saying the same thing: it's good to take medicines because 'relief is just a swallow away'. Is relief important? Of course it is. When you are in pain, all you can think of is how to get rid of it. No one question the fact that medical drugs are necessary in the case of a accident victim, a burn victim, the terminally ill and other similar cases. But is it okay for a housewife to swallow painkillers everyday for her headaches or for grandma who takes a dozen aspirins a day for her arthritis? Or worse yet, is it alright for a friend or colleague to take valiums and alcohol to handle daily stress. No it is not, especially when there are healthier natural alternatives available such as chiropractic care. These drugs may spell temporary relief but the underlying cause of the ailment remains intact ready to occur again.
Due to constant use people develop a psychological and physical dependence on drugs and end up worse than they actually were. Drugs take attention away from correcting the real problem: getting rid of the cause of illness. The symptoms that the drugs cover up are warnings from the body telling us that there is something wrong. By constantly covering up these symptoms we actually ignore what our body is telling us. Chiropractic teaches us that true health comes from within. Health is the expression of a body functioning properly.
This ideology is summed up in the Chiropractor's Creed
The human body is entirely capable of healing itself. All body functions are controlled and monitored by the nervous system. Subluxations are like nervous system roadblocks, and, left untreated, can irrevocably diminish overall well-being. Chiropractic adjustments can correct subluxations and reawaken the nervous system.
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