According to The Association of Chiropractic Colleges, “Chiropractic is a health care discipline which emphasizes the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs and 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.”
Because chiropractic treatments are primarily applied to the spinal region, many people assume that chiropractors treat only back and neck ailments. While we do effectively eliminate back and neck pain, chiropractic treatment is also aimed at restoring optimal health. In fact, according to a statement from The Association of Chiropractic Colleges, “The purpose of chiropractic is to optimize health.”
Many of our new patients often ask us “How can the same chiropractic treatment which effectively treats my back pain also optimize my health”? They believed that chiropractic care was only necessary when they had back or neck pain. The answer can be better understood by looking into the relationship between the spine and the nervous system.
Let’s take a look at that relationship. The nervous system controls the living cells, tissues and organs. It coordinates and integrates all cellular functions. The spinal column protects the nervous system (spinal cord and nerve roots).
Because of this relationship, biomechanical and structural problems in the spinal column can irritate parts of the enclosed nervous system. The resulting problem(s) and ailment(s) depends on the cells, tissues and organs affected as well as the extent of nervous system compromise.
In summary, because the body’s innate recuperative powers are affected by and integrated through the nervous system, correcting spinal abnormalities which irritate the nervous system can lead to a number of favorable results in patients suffering from various, seemingly non-spinal health conditions.