A: “Chiropractic is specific or it is nothing at all.” – BJ Palmer, developer of chiropractic
1. a therapeutic system based primarily upon the interactions of the spine and nervous system, the method of treatment usually being to adjust the segments of the spinal column.
More than just back cracking or joint popping, chiropractic is the treatment of subluxations of the spinal column. A subluxation is the misalignment of the vertebrae that causes pressure on the nerve. This pressure causes interference in the transmission of messages from the brain to the body. When the brain notices this interference, it begins to send more messages to the nerve trying to communicate with the body. This is when our bodies begin to experience symptoms – we notice pain or discomfort, or a malfunction of an organ (like heartburn or diarrhea).
These subluxations are caused by stress. Stress comes in 3 different forms – physical, mental, and toxic. Physical stress is anything like sleeping poorly, falling, or having an injury. Mental stress is when we are worried about something, or having negative thoughts. Toxic stress is when we take something into our body that is offensive to it – like medication, or toxins in our food or environment.
Because our nervous system (the brain, spinal cord, and nerves) controls everything in our body, it is of the utmost importance to keep it healthy and free of interference. When we are free of interference (subluxations) we are able to be optimally healthy!