What is Chiropractic? |
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The Association of Chiropractic Colleges defines Chiropractic as "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."
Chiropractic is based on anatomy of the human body and its functioning, which has shown that the nervous system controls the function of every cell, tissue, organ and system in your body. The nervous system consists of the brain, spinal cord and millions of nerves – which continuously send and receive nerve impulses during the normal functioning of the body. The brain is protected by the skull, and the spinal cord is protected by the 24 movable bones (vertebrae) of the spine.
Physical (falls; accidents; repetitive movements; etc.), chemical (food toxins; prescription or non-prescription drugs; alcohol; etc.) and emotional (stress) stressors can cause these spinal bones to be moved out of position, causing nervous system blockage, resulting in inflammation, tension, adhesions and other joint mobility restrictions.
Doctors of Chiropractic perform spinal adjustments, normalizing nerve impulses and balancing muscle tensions, which, in turn, restores health, reduces pain, increases range of motion, and boosts the immune system’s ability to protect the body naturally.