What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic focuses on the body's inborn capacity to maintain and restore its own health. This inborn wisdom, or innate intelligence, helps the body constantly adapt to changes in its internal and external environment to help the body survive and thrive in changing conditions. The nervous system (through the brain and spinal cord) coordinates and controls the function of all of the body's organs and systems, and even the function of its myriad cells.
Misalignments in the vertebrae that make up the spinal column can interfere with the transmission of information from the brain, over the spinal cord to the spinal nerves and, ultimately, to all systems of the body. These misalignments, called vertebral subluxations, can disrupt proper nerve function and lead to decreased performance and health.
Chiropractors locate, analyze and gently correct vertebral subluxations by using a broad range of adjusting techniques. By restoring proper nerve flow, the chiropractor helps people enjoy more of their full potential for health and optimal performance.
Chiropractic involves the study of philosophy, science and art. Philosophy considers the fundamental nature of existence, of human beings and of their interaction with the environment. The sciences deal with human biology —especially the relationship between the spinal segments and the nerve system, and the effect this relationship has on the body's innate striving to express and maintain its own health. Chiropractic's art is the expression of its philosophy and is concerned with locating and correcting vertebral subluxations.
Ultimately, chiropractic is concerned with improving the body's expression of life and health.