More people are seeking chiropractic care, but unless you’ve visited a chiropractor yourself, you may not know exactly what one does.
Doctors of chiropractic understand the body has an innate ability to adapt to changes in its internal and external environment to maintain a state of health. Chiropractors focus on the nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) because it’s the control-and-communication system that tells all the other cells, tissues, organs and systems of the body what to do.
The brain sends messages through the spinal cord and across a huge network of spinal nerves to coordinate all the chemical reactions that determine how you digest food, how well you sleep, your physical coordination, the functioning of your immune system, your ability to concentrate, your emotional balance and every other aspect of body function.
If bones of the spine move out of position (from physical, emotional, or chemical stresses), they can distort the flow of information from the brain to the body. So, chiropractors gently correct these misalignments (called vertebral subluxations) so the body’s communication system can work without interference.
Although advancing technology plays a role, the key tool of a chiropractor is simply his or her hands.
Many people think of chiropractors providing specialized care for musculoskeletal conditions, and they do provide this valuable service. They also help individuals maximize performance by ensuring the brain and spinal cord have a clear communications conduit to all body systems.
This philosophy resonates with today’s savvy health care consumers who see straightforward, drugless approaches that facilitate peak performance