Chiropractic is a healing science and art based on the fact that the nervous system controls the function of all tissues, cells and organs of the body. The goal of Chiropractic is to allow your body to function at its optimal best by the detection and correction of Vertebral Subluxations that are preventing the nervous system from delivering full functionality to your organs, muscles, and entire body.
The body is governed by the brain, which controls digestion, breathing and millions of other bodily functions. The brain communicates with all tissues and organs of the body through the spinal cord. Pairs of nerve roots branch off from the spinal cord and spread over the entire body. A feedback circuit controls the brain function of each tissue and organ.
With proper nerve flow in tissues, organs and body systems can remain healthy and function optimally. Nerve tissue is delicate and must be protected. The brain is covered by the skull and the spinal cord is protected by the 24 intertwined vertebrae of the spine to protect the delicate nerve tissue within. Between each vertebral joint there are discs. The roots of nerves exit from the spinal column between these joints.
These vertebrae have the difficult task of protecting the spinal cord while allowing movement of the body. Since these vertebrae protecting the spinal cord and nerve roots are mobile, they are the common source of interference in the nervous system when they are out of alignment and not able to move freely. This misalignment is called a Vertebral Subluxation.
A doctor of chiropractic is the only health professional trained to diagnose and correct vertebral subluxations. Your doctor will apply a carefully directed and controlled pressure to return the vertebrae to its normal position and function. This is what is called chiropractic adjustments.