It is no surprise I feel the need to write about chiropractic as it’s what I do and LOVE! I have found there can be misconceptions and questions regarding what chiropractic is and what we do so I will briefly explain this in my terms.
First and foremost, answer me this… what controls everything in your body? Your brain. Now how is your brain connected to the rest of your body – this is via the spinal cord. Now from your spinal cord you have nerves that branch off and go to different areas of your body. This is how your brain communicates with your body and how your body communicates with your brain. Are you following me yet? Here is a picture to show you what I am talking about.
Your nervous system is very important and is housed and protected by your vertebral spine. However, think of how a misalignment of the spine can put pressure on the nerve that is exiting that region and how it is going to affect the signals to and from the brain and body. Most people think there is always pain associated with this but majority of the time that is not the case. Only a small portion of the nerve deals with the pain pathway so for a lot of circumstances you can have a misalignment of the spine that is putting pressure on the nerve exiting that region, ultimately affecting the signals or messages to and from your body without you even knowing it because there isn’t pain associated with it. This is important to understand because it explains why chiropractic is so much more than just pain management.
Chiropractic care benefits all aspects of your body’s ability to be healthy. This is accomplished by working with the nervous system – the communication system between your brain and body. Those nerves that I mentioned go to every single muscle, organ, and tissue in the body. It is no wonder that it’s important to be free of any interference so that your body can communicate to one another. Doctors of Chiropractic work to correct spinal, pelvic, and cranial misalignments (subluxations). When misaligned, these structures create an imbalance in surrounding muscles and ligaments. Additionally, the resulting nerve system stress may affect the body’s ability to function optimally.
“The nervous system holds the key to the body’s incredible potential to heal itself.”
To relate this to the gut, your gut has its own network of neurons, called the enteric nervous system that links your digestive system to your nervous system. If you refer to my post on the “second brain” you will see why a healthy functioning gut is important. Your nervous system has complete control over various aspects of your digestive function, especially the nerves from the lower levels of your spinal cord. When the spine is aligned improperly, stress and strain are put on these nerves, making it difficult for the signals to your digestive organs to work properly. As a result, ailments such as constipation, acid reflux, etc. may arise. A chiropractor can safely, gently and non-invasively correct these misalignments in your spine by gently guiding your vertebrae back into their proper position. This will take the strain off your nervous system and allow it to function at its optimum level.
If you are wondering how chiropractic care may help you, feel free to contact our office at 920-243-7140 to set up a consultation.