By Zach Chudy Waukesha Chiropractor, Sep 3 2014 01:41PM
Above, Down, Inside, Out: describes the flow of nervous system communication in your body.
Your brain sends signals down the spinal cord, which run through your vertebrae (inside) and travel through nerves to every area of your body.
Chiropractors work with the nervous system through the spine and with the individual nerves in places like shoulders, knees, wrists, elbows, ankles and even fingers and toes.
Our bodies have an ability to heal themselves. When you were a child and scraped your knee did you need a prescription or surgery? No, your body took care of that cut on its own!
Our goal is to get your nervous system functioning at its highest level so that your body can heal itself.
Two people can be in the same room and touch or eat the same thing and one gets sick but the other doesn’t. Why is this? One person’s body has the ability to fight off infection and remain unaffected, while the other simply isn’t able to perform at the same level. There are other factors that may play a role in this - however, on some level one person adapted better than the other.
So why does your body need to be adjusted? When nerve flow gets impeded we call this “subluxation”, simply meaning a bone is out of place or a joint isn’t moving properly and we want to restore motion and nerve flow.
There are 3 ways in which subluxation occurs:
1. Physical Stress: Obvious examples would be a fall, sport’s injury, or car accident. However, some
other examples are less obvoius. Birth maybe one of the most traumatic things we go through in life.
Sixteen hours of pressure on your head can be very traumatic and if forceps are used on your head and
neck it can cause further issues. Another example: Looking down at a computer screen or cell phone can
be very straining on your neck, in between your shoulders and even your low back.
2. Emotional Stress: If you are constantly depressed or angry and thinking negative thoughts all the time
not only does this effect your mood and personality but it also can affect your body through the spine or
3. Chemical Stress: If we are constantly putting things in our bodies that aren’t healthy or even harmful,
our bodies will experience negative effects and this includes the spine.