Natural Health through Chiropractic

chiropractic

“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.” Association of Chiropractic Colleges

Essentially chiropractors believe that the body is able to heal itself when it is functioning at it’s optimum ability, starting from the inside out.

In general when people think about going to see a chiropractor it is usually related to pain somewhere in their spine or some other physical ailment like headaches or leg pain. Chiropractic is a very effective treatment option for these problems, however, is also capable of helping with so much more.

Going back to basic anatomy, the central nervous system is composed of your brain and spinal cord, and is the master control center for your body. This system is then connected to to every other cell, tissue, organ and muscle in your body, through nerves that exit between each spinal segment called the peripheral nervous system. Information is exchanged between these two systems to keep your body functioning.

As chiropractors we look for what is called a ‘subluxation’ which is an area of the spine where bones or joints are misaligned and/or stuck in the wrong position. This in turn causes muscle spasm, inflammation and pressure to be put on the nerves in the affected area. As I said before these nerves go to every cell, tissue, organ and muscle in your body, so outside of causing pain in the area, it is also causing dysfunction to wherever those nerves are going. The effect is kind of like stepping on a hose, information is still coming out, but not as fully as it should. Long term this interference can cause severe dysfunction and ultimately disease of the affected areas. That being said, it is important to restore nerve function so that the body can heal itself.

Outside of “back and neck” pain, parents can also look to chiropractic to help with a variety of other conditions their children may be afflicted with:

  • Ear infections
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Headaches
  • Immune deficiency
  • Colic
  • Reflux
  • Breech Presentation

In future posts I’ll explain how chiropractic may help with these common childhood problems and also present other natural treatment options as well. In the mean time you can check out the ICPA website for more information and research on these topics.

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