Chiropractic is a science, art, and philosophy that concerns itself with the relationship between the nervous system and the function (health) of the body.
The Science – Since its beginning, chiropractic has been based on the scientific fact that the nervous system controls the function of every cell, tissue, organ, and system of the body. While the brain is protected by the skull, the spinal cord is more vulnerable, covered by 24 moving vertebrae. When these bones lose their normal motion or position, they can irritate the nervous system. This disrupts the function of the tissues or organs these nerves control. Chiropractic is the science of locating these areas of spinal malfunction, the art of correcting them, and the philosophy of things natural.
The Art – After a thorough examination and a review of your health history, your chiropractic doctor will recommend a specific care program. If yours is a chiropractic case, this will include specific spinal adjustments. The word adjustment describes hundreds of ways of using carefully directed and controlled pressure to restore spinal bones to a more normal position and motion. When spinal function is improved, nervous system function (health) can improve too. After years of training, chiropractic doctors become experts at using the right amount of pressure in the right direction.
The Philosophy – Besides the science and art, chiropractic has a philosophical aspect. Chiropractic doctors recognize that regardless of the type of doctor you consult, doctors don’t heal, only the body can heal itself. Your chiropractic doctor’s main purpose is to reduce interference to your inborn healing ability.