Corrective Chiropractic Care
What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic care is over hundreds of years old and its main benefit is to maintain the optimal health of the spine. The health of the spine is done by maintaining the correct biomechanics and structure of the spine for the body to work at its best. Chiropractic is from the Greek word meaning 'done by hand', because adjustments to the spine are done by hand without the use of drugs or surgery.
Why do we need a healthy spine?
Well, the spine encases the nervous system which runs from the brain stem (at the back of the head) right down the back; almost like an extension of the brain in your back! The nervous system is so important because it controls all the organs in the body. So if the spine is not healthy then the organs in your body -
How does the nervous sytem work?
The first thing that forms when the egg is fertilised (at 7 hours of pregnancy!) is not the heart but the nervous system. As this grows and develops it forms the spinal chord and all the organs grow off the nervous system and remain connected through spinal nerves for the rest of your life! These nerves divide and subdivide many times throughout the body almost like branches on a tree. The brain sends messages through the spinal chord and this complicated network of nerves to keep the organs functioning properly. However this communication can stop working because of some kind of communication block or 'nerve pressure' and result in organs dysfunctioning. But before we explain how this can happen let's learn about role of the vetebra first.
What are vetebra?
The spine is made of 24 vertebra that are divided into different sections called 'cervical' (neck), 'thoracic' (upper back), 'lumbar' (lower back), 'sacrum and coccyx' (or tail bone). Each section of the vertebra connects the nervous system through the spinal nerves to different organs in the body. For example C1, the first vetebra in the neck, connects the nervous system to the head, brain, scalp, pitutary gland, eyes and ears. If the C1 vetebra is in its natural correct position and the nerves have no interference or pressure then all the organs attached to it also work well. But if the C1 vetebra isn't in the correct position this can affect the proper functioning of organs attached to it.
How do vetebra move?
Vertebra can move out of their natural place by emotional, physical or chemical stress. This movement is called subluxation. When a subluxation happens it moves the vetebra either left, right or sometimes even rotates it. The subluxation also moves the nerves attached to the vetebra, not just the ligaments or muscles in that area. The nerves can become pinched, inflammed or form small knots, blocking communication to or from the nervous system and the brain to the subluxated area. The end result is dysfunction to the organ at the end of the blocked nerve/s.
How can we repair sublaxations?
A corrective chiropractor is a trained professional in the health of the spine whose focus is on the correct biomechanic, structure and fucntion of the spine. They identify subluxations through physical examination of the spine and the use of xrays, and help re-
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