What is Chiropractic?
Since its inception in 1895, chiropractic has been concerned with helping people from all walks of life to live healthier and happier lives.
It’s definition is a ‘philosophy, science and art of all things natural’. When we bring that into modern language it is a natural health approach. Essentially helping people get
and feel better without drugs or surgery.
But what actually happens when we ‘crack your back’ and adjust your spine?
As I am sure you are all aware, the spine protects the spinal cord, the extension of your brain that controls every function of your body. Together the brain and spinal cord are known as the Central Nervous System. The spine and skull are the solid bone structures that protect it.
The old thinking was that if the bones (vertebra) of the spine were out of place and misaligned, they would pinch or irritate the nerves, causing pain or changing how well a part of the body functions (whatever those nerves are supplying).
Advances in the research now show us it is more about the motion of the joint that is key. If the spine is moving freely then the body should work well, remember the body can only work if the brain sends its message through the spinal cord.
This movement of the spine and correct motion, communicates and talks to the brain. The brain listens then talks back. However, if the spine in a particular area is not moving well, it stops talking to the brain and as such the brain stops talking back. This causes less communication to go to a certain part of the body and over time can lead to that particular part of the body becoming unwell, or at a dysfunction.
Where chiropractic has great potential to help you get better is in the restoration of this movement in the spine. Using adjustments, those clicks and pops of the spine.
Chiropractors can restore normal, or at least improve motion into areas of the spine.
This then allows the body to talk to the brain again, the brain then begins to talk back to the body, and restores function to that area.
This exciting and interesting field of research is known a Neural Plasticity!
So quite simply, every time a chiropractor adjusts your spine, it is allowing your brain to work better, to communicate with your body more accurately, and improve how well you are working.