The spinal column is made up of 24 movable bones called vertebrae. Along with the brain, spinal cord and other parts, it is an integral part of the nervous system, your body’s communication center.
Vertebrae are stacked on top of each other. Between them are pads called discs. These discs provide the spacing between the vertebrae; act as shock absorbers; and provide flexibility to the spinal column.
The spinal column houses the spinal cord, which is the main thoroughfare for the body’s communication with the brain. All nerve signals from every part of the body ultimately make their way to the spinal cord (inside the spinal column) and up to the brain.
These signals pass through small openings between the vertebrae called foramina.
Every organ in the body is connected to the nervous system in this manner and are controlled in part by nerve impulses that originate in the brain. These impulses travel down the spinal cord, pass through the foramina to their end destination and feedback is returned to the brain following the same path.
Any interference of this message system can cause a disturbance in normal body functions.
A subluxation occurs when one or more vertebrae are out of their natural alignment. These subluxations (or a pinches) places pressure on the spinal nerve and affects the transmission of these nerve impulses. As a result, the function and healing process of vital parts and organs of the body is affected.
Back pain, headaches, shoulder hip and let pain, as well as other symptoms are often the result of vertebral subluxation.
Chiropractic care focuses on locating and returning these vertebrae to a normal position thereby removing pressure and allowing proper nerve impulses to travel unfettered.
This enables the live-giving information to travel freely to and from affected areas encouraging healing and restoring health.