What is Chiropractic?

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic’s main area of interest is subluxation, a condition in which a vertebrae becomes slightly misaligned with an adjacent segment in such a way as to disturb nerve function. The objective of chiropractic is to locate, analyze, and correct subluxation.

Chiropractic maintains that the body possesses a unique innate wisdom that strives to maintain it in a state of good health. This intelligence strives to maintain normal heart rate, blood pressure, insulin production, etc.; this same intelligence also directs our bodily functions in continuously adapting to an ever changing environment.

Maintenance of good health depends upon the body’s natural ability to continually adapt to changes in its internal and external environment. Ensuring this capability is one of nature’s most remarkable communication networks: the nerve system. The brain sends mental impulses to each of the body’s more than 100 trillion cells, giving them direction on how to function properly. At the same time, each part of the body is reporting information back to the brain; these mental impulses are transmitted to and from the brain by way of the nerves passing through the spine.

Vertebrae in the spine can and, on occasion, do become subluxated, which is an interference to the body’s communication process. A subluxation causes messages being transmitted over nerves to become garbled or modified; the body’s response to the environment is then inadequate. Chiropractic makes its contribution to health by identifying, analyzing and correcting subluxated vertebrae. The doctor of chiropractic removes this particular kind of interference to the body’s innate striving to maintain its own health.

Chiropractic’s concern, then, is with subluxation and its influence on health and health maintenance. Its aim is to ensure that the body’s natural health-assurance process is allowed to function without interference from subluxation.

In the end, chiropractic is concerned with life, because good health, after all, is the expression of life itself.