Chiropractic Care and Your Central Nervous System
May 2008 · Print This Article
In the one hundred plus years of its development, Chiropractic science has grown to major stature in the field of the healing arts and has reached millions of people. With the rate of growth steadily increasing, the Chiropractic profession has found a continuing need to acquaint new patients with the nature of Chiropractic care. This tour has been prepared to serve that purpose.
The modern Chiropractor works both directly and indirectly with the nervous system. Every function of the body is under the control of this system. Every organ, tissue, and cell is controlled by nerve impulses traveling from the brain to all parts of the body. Nerves make the bowels move. Nerves control the liver, lungs, spleen, pancreas, gall bladder, and kidneys. In fact, the nervous system is the master system which controls all other systems of the body, including: the glandular, reproductive, digestive, eliminative, respiratory, and circulatory.
Every science of healing has what is known as an avenue of approach For example, in the field of medicine, a hypodermic needle injects drugs through the skin; a pill is swallowed and goes into the stomach. They are the avenues through which the drugs gain access to the body.
In the field of Chiropractic, the avenue of approach is the spine. The spine houses and protects the spinal cord, the “switchboard” of the nervous system through which nerve fibers pass from the brain to different parts of the body. For every effect there must have been a cause. The nerves leave the spinal cord through openings between movable spinal bones called vertebrae. When vertebrae through injury or posture become misaligned they interfere with the normal function of these nerves. This misalignment causes pain and malfunction of the nervous system and is called a “subluxation.” The subluxation then becomes the cause of pain.
The objective of Chiropractic care is to determine, through x-ray films and a thorough examination, the exact degree of spinal misalignment producing this subluxation. Proper “adjustments” are given to remove these subluxations and this remove the cause of pain and malfunction.
Chiropractic care will add years and years to your life.