The goal of chiropractic care is to enhance the natural tendency of the body to achieve equilibrium amongst its systems. There is an inner light within us all that guides us toward fostering healthy habits and fighting illness, as well as repairing our bodies whenever necessary. The body is an autonomous engine that understandably aims at working like the proverbial well-oiled machine. Chiropractic management thus strives to find the precise structural balance that the body needs to function well. The cornerstone of it all is the nervous system. When the nervous system is in good shape, all systems go. The chiropractor detects and addresses any obstacles that may hinder nerve function.
All systems in the body are connected to one or more further systems in a symbiotic network that goes all the way down to the microcellular level. If our shoulder hurts we can’t raise our arms; if the airways narrow we can’t breathe properly. Chiropractic care utilizes non-surgical, drug-free treatment alternatives so as to not ‘unweave the rainbow,’ as John Keats might put it. The nervous system is the prism through which that inner light we mentioned refracts into the rest of the body’s systems – the primus inter pares of the organic systems, if you will. The theory of chiropractic care the conduit between nerves and organs is the spine. Hence, if the vertebrae of the spine are misaligned, malaligned, injured, or fixated, soft tissues irritated, and adjacent muscles tightened, the result is that the nerves suffer are become unable to function properly – this is, in two words, an intervertebral subluxation.
Trauma, postural stress, congenital abnormalities, disc degeneration, and the toxic effects of infection – all everyday occurrences – can cause an intervertebral subluxation. Doctors of chiropractic employ spinal assessment and adjustment to relieve subluxations and mollify nerve irritation. Given the complexity of the spinal structure, different levels of the spine as well as the limbs may need to be adjusted. As we said, all systems are interconnected, so the source of the subluxation may actually be far from the spine. Once found and removed, though, everything else goes back to normal.