In the quest of health, chiropractors move bones in your spine to maximize function. When function is maximized and the body can express 100% of its internal intelligence, health is the result. Health is the expression of your body working correctly, reacting properly to outside stimulus, and adapting to the changes in its environment. This sounds very simple but the human body is the most complex biological unit on the earth.
At the core of our complexity is the central nervous system made up of the brain and spinal cord, the command and control center of the body. Surrounding the spinal cord is 24 vertebra that make up a majority of the spine. In the normal human spine there are 7 cervical vertebra & 6 cervical discs, 12 thoracic vertebra & disks, 5 lumbar vertebra & discs. This structure is meant to protect and facilitate mobility for the command and control of the body, so the nerves can control all functions in the body without interference.
When a portion of this spine is injured, degeneration begins unless it’s corrected and strengthened. Misaligned vertebra with soft tissue injury follow a steady path of degeneration that eventually leads to unrelenting constant pain, but there are many warning signs that get ignored. Warning signs can be as little as occasional stiffness, intermittent pain, swelling, or twitches, to more aggressive things such as weakness, more frequent pain, dysfunction of the tissue that the nerve goes to, neuralgia, etc.. If you’re taking pain relievers to dull the PAIN, you’re turning off your warning system that the body has in place to tell you SOMETHING IS WRONG.
How many times a week do you take a pain killer? a month? a year? or many years? Would you ever consider putting a band aid on an unusually dark skin blemish to cover it up for a week? a month? a year? or many years? Covering something up doesn’t deal with the problem, it just kicks the can down the road to deal with it when it’s bigger and meaner.
Through Chiropractic care you can help maintain a healthier spine and promote overall body health, because life begins with the nervous system and ends with the nervous system.