Everything You Wanted to Know About Chiropractic but Were Afraid to Ask!
As chiropractors, we wear many hats. Not only do we have to be skilled at our craft, but we as chiropractors have to be good teachers. If you ask the average person what chiropractic is or what chiropractors do, most won’t really know the true meaning and it’s not their fault.
In our attempt to keep teaching, here is some chiropractic 101. Hopefully this will give you more perspective about why we make spinal adjustments and why we recommend posture and functional movement trainings to many of our programs.
The primary area of your Central Nervous System is in the Cervical Spine (neck). The top two vertebrae in the neck, the atlas and the axis protect the base of your brain (brain stem). Misalignment (subluxation) in this area or any other area in your spine can affect the function of every cell, tissue and organ in your entire body.
Mental impulses are sent from your brain through a forward curve in your cervical spine. This curve can be viewed from a side x-ray of your neck. Neurosurgeons call this curve “The Arc of Life.” The curve should be at 45 degrees and any loss of your normal arc of life is considered a severe neurological problem because it will pull down on the base of your brain, stretch your spinal cord and compress your nerves. Loss of your normal arc will also accelerate spinal decay and degeneration. In addition, when subluxation is present, muscles go into spasm and the spinal bones become restricted and lose normal mobility. This too interferes with the control and regulation of your body.
The intention of a chiropractic adjustment is to affect or correct the alignment, motion and/or function of a vertebral joint. Specifically, they are intended to correct “vertebral subluxations”, the term given to the signs and symptoms that are said by chiropractors to result from abnormal alignment of vertebrae.
Here are 3 common causes of Subluxation:
- Trauma is the most well-known and easiest to understand as this often causes subluxation solely by sheer force. Most people only think of major traumas like car accidents or falls, but your body experiences micro traumas every day—and these may surprise you. Behaviors or habits can cause subluxation—like continuously carrying a purse or bag on the same side of your body, wearing high heels, sleeping on your stomach, crossing your legs or looking down at a computer monitor for long periods of time.
- Toxins, although not as obvious as physical stress can also cause of subluxation. Think of your body as one big conglomerate of chemicals—when the body is healthy and balanced chemically, it’s in a state of homeostasis (balanced state). Depending on the toxic chemicals you take in through food, drink and your environment, your body’s homeostasis can be disrupted and become imbalanced. Toxins can get into the body in many ways: through processed and GMO foods, air pollution, chemicals in your cleaning supplies and even the water you’re drinking—and the plastic bottle it came in. These imbalances can cause muscle contraction or change fiber length in the muscles which in turn can cause changes in muscle tone can cause a subluxation or subluxations.
- Emotional Stress is a major cause of subluxations too. When you are stressed because of worry, fear, guilt, finances etc., the muscles in your neck and upper back become tight. This tension can cause subluxation, plus these emotional stressors can also cause a chemical imbalance.
Chiropractic is a healthcare discipline that emphasizes the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery. The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health.
We hope this article gives you a clearer understanding and perhaps appreciation for what we do here at Wellness Solution Centers. Who do you know that needs to have their spine checked? Please tell them about us!