A healthy spinal column, a healthy nervous system, perfect health
The state of your health is closely linked to the nervous system. A correctly positioned spine holds the key to a balanced, functioning nervous system.
The spinal column and the nervous system
The spine is also known as the "tree of life" due to its importance to the nervous system - the control centre of the human body.
The core of the nervous system is found in the spinal cord and the nerves that branch out from the spinal cord allow us to move, be responsive to our environment, but most fundamentally of all, they keep us alive.
The autonomous nervous system is responsible for all the unconscious metabolic functions of the body: breathing, digestion, circulation, etc. It also regulates the phases of activity and rest of each internal organ allowing our body to function. It has recently been discovered that nerves play an important role in conveying nutrients to the body tissue.
Connections between the vertebrae and the internal organs
It is through the nervous system that vital information flows from the brain to all organs of the body. The nerves flow first through the spinal cord, which is protected by the spinal column. Nerve roots emerge between the vertebrae and branch out throughout the body.
When the vertebrae that make up the spinal column lose their normal alignment, a compression of the spinal cord or nerve roots may occur. This phenomenon, called subluxation, creates a neurological obstruction.
If not treated on time, subluxations can eventually lead to serious disorders such as asthma, digestive or gynecological problems, anxiety, hypersensitivity to stress, or depression. Structural problems, including herniated or slipped discs, back pain, trapped nerves, etc. may also occur.
Subluxations have multiple causes that include habits of bad posture (in daily life: at work, during sleep), accidents, falls or cervical trauma during childbirth. The aging process is also a factor relating to the occurrence of subluxations.
The mission of chiropractic is to detect and correct subluxations. By restoring the vertebrae to their natural position, nerve obstruction is eliminated and the nervous system can be restored to peak function. As a consequence, pain and discomfort diminish and full health can be restored.
Unlike traditional medicine, chiropractic does not only treat symptoms, which frequently include pain and discomfort. Instead, this natural treatment involves locating and treating the source of the problem without resorting to medication or surgery.
As a result of the support it lends to the nervous system, chiropractic gives the body a real boost. Chiropractic adjustments, for example, have been linked to a strengthening of the immune system. Perhaps unsurprisingly, today you will find that there are very few elite athletes who do not use chiropractic to improve their performance.
The importance of screening
To ensure that your nervous system is free from obstruction, it is important to book a check-up with your chiropractor.
As specialists in the treatment of the spine and nervous system, only chiropractors have the expertise to ascertain that your spine and vertebrae are free from subluxations. Chiropractors are the only health practitioners trained and qualified to detect and treat this condition.
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