Natural Method Of Health Care
Perhaps this article is your first introduction to chiropractic as a health care profession. If this is the case, we are sure that you have some questions pertaining to what chiropractic is, and how the natural approach of chiropractic may aid in revealing many health ailments. Since these questions are normal and commonplace for a new patient, we will explain to you about chiropractic’s approach to health. We will also explain to you the application of chiropractic to your specific health problem.
Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts, and as a science is based on the premise that good health depends, in part, upon a normally functioning nervous system. When body structures such as cells and organs are functioning normally, a state of health or normal physiology is said to exist. However, when the body’s physiology is abnormal, a disease state begins. Thus, we begin to understand that abnormal physiology leads to abnormal function, predisposing the body to disease process.
The spinal column is a series of movable bones that starts at the base of your skull and ends in the center of your hips. The spine is the structure that is depended upon for support and movement. Even though the spine is composed of 24 individual vertebrae; they all work together as one whole unit. Those 24 vertebrae are stacked on top of each other like building blocks with a layer of fibrocartilage (disc) in between them. The discs help cushion shock, allow movement, and reduce friction.
Chiropractic care is different than any other health care procedure. It focuses on the spine and examination of the spine to evaluate structure and function. Several things could cause the spine to lose its ability to move as a dynamic organ such as: uneven stress, accidents, over-extension, falls, tension, and many other factors. Minor displacements/derangements of one or more of the vertebrae can result from such symptoms along with irritation to spinal nerve roots directly by pressure or indirectly through reflexes.
These irritations, in turn, may cause malfunctions in your body. Chiropractic teaches that nerve pressure, or nerve reflex can cause a disturbance of delicate body functions resulting in an increased susceptibility to disease processes. Alleviating the irritation to spinal nerves by re-establishing normal spinal mobility, the doctor of chiropractic seeks to cause your body to operate more efficiently and more comfortably.