A short course in the basics of spinal anatomy is tremendously helpful in understanding why the chiropractic profession is the number one source of alternative care in the world, and why your spinal alignment is so crucial to you achieving optimal health.
The central nervous system (the brain, brain stem, and spinal cord) is connected to the peripheral nervous system (the spinal peripheral nerves) and controls the way we more and function. Our skull protects our brain and most of our brain stem, and the spine provides protection to our spinal cord and spinal nerves.
The spine is a column of 33 small bones called “vertebrae” that supports the entire upper body. The column is grouped into three sections: the cervical spine (neck), the thoracic spine (middle back), and the lumbar spine (lower back).
Vertebrae in the spinal column are separated from each other by small “cushions” of cartilage known as inter (between) vertebral discs. The vertebrae and discs combine to create a space for each spinal nerve to exit from the spinal cord on its way to the body. Abnormal positioning of the vertebrae (also known as the vertebral subluxation complex or nerve impingement syndrome) can compromise the nerve space, and create nerve irritation or nerve interference. The nerve will still influence the muscle or organ it supplies, however the quality of the nerve transmission will be affected.
Here’s probably the most important concepts to grasp– nerve interference may occur without the trace of any symptoms.
Once this interference is detected, your doctor of chiropractic is uniquely trained to apply spinal adjustments. In fact, although other professionals utilize spinal maneuvers as part of their treatment, doctors of chiropractic deliver 94% of all spinal adjustments.
Although each individual responds differently to chiropractic care, research reveals that most are very satisfied with the care they receive. In fact, a recent Gallup Poll of chiropractic patients conducted showed that: 90 percent of chiropractic patietns considered their chiropractic treatment to be effective.
If you or someone you know is suffering from pain or wants to become a healthier individual you may want to consider being evaluated by a chiropractor. Please contact our office today to schedule your evaluation!