Chiropractic can change how you think, feel and perform by improving the function of the most important system in your body – your CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM.
Chiropractic focuses on the relationship between your spine, nervous system and your overall wellbeing & performance.
Your nervous system is the master controller of your body, sending instructions to every cell. Your spine needs to be well aligned and moving freely to allow nerve messages to flow without interference.
Dr Jennifer Barham-Floreani, Speaker, Author & Chiropractor
Picture your nervous system, protected by your skull and spine, sending all the information to and from 75 trillion cells in your body. All your bodily functions including your digestion, cellular regeneration, your breathing and so on are controlled by your nervous system.
Imagine if your nerves were prevented from sending the proper signals to your stomach, to your immune cells, or your lungs. Would your body be able to function at its best?
Most likely you would feel changes in your energy, your performance and wellbeing. These changes are precisely what can happen when you have spinal misalignments or subluxations.
Chiropractic care helps to correct spinal misalignments by restoring normal alignment and allowing the nerve messages to flow without interference.
Spinal misalignments alter your spinal movement (called dyskinesia), affect reflexes between the body, spine and organs (called somato-somato reflexes, somato-visceral reflexes and vicero-somato reflexes), impair nerve function (called central and peripheral sensitisation) and decrease important feedback to the brain (known as afferent input into cerebellar-brainstem-cortical loops).
No wonder spinal misalignments can lead to problems!
Most of the time when we have spinal misalignments they go unnoticed. This is because the signals for pain (nociception), muscle spasm, constriction of blood vessels, and decreased movement awareness (proprioception) that may occur with spinal misalignments do not always reach our conscious awareness. Just like having a hole in your tooth, you may not feel any pain but the problem can be gradually worsening over time.
The good news is chiropractic adjustments can help your body to heal better and return to balance. Spinal adjustments influence the following areas of the nervous system: