Your nervous system controls and coordinates "every function" of your body from breathing, walking, lifting, thinking, digesting food, developing a child in womb... EVERYTHING! It is your nervous system that allows you to adapt to, and live in your environment.
A large portion of your nervous system, your spinal cord, leaves your brain through the base of your skull and passes through your spine. Your spinal cord acts as the major cable exiting your brain, traveling down within your spinal column, and branches off into 31-spinal nerves at various levels of your spine. These spinal nerves exit between individual spinal vertebrae to the various parts of your body (blood vessels, organs, glands, and muscles). Some even branch back into your head, often contributing to neck pain, and headaches.
It is essential that your nervous system functions properly and free from any interference caused by subluxation. Subluxation causes interference to the nerve system along the spine where the nerve exits. This adversely affects the function of various parts of your body, and ultimately your health & wellness.
What is "subluxation" and what does it do to me?
In simplest terms, a subluxation (aka: Vertebral Subluxation) is when one or more of the bones of your spine (vertebrae) move out of position and create pressure on, or irritate spinal nerves. Spinal nerves are the nerves that come out from between each of the bones in your spine. This pressure or irritation on the nerves then cause those nerves to malfunction and interfere with the signals traveling over those nerves. As little as the weight of a dime on the nerve will cause decrease function and flow to vital organs. Which may or may not display via pain...once again why judging health via pain level is a poor choice.
How does this affect you? Your nervous system controls and coordinates all the functions of your body. If you interfere with the signals traveling over nerves, parts of your body will not get the proper nerve messages and will not be able to function at 100% of their innate abilities. In other words, some part of your body will not be working properly. It is the responsibility of the Doctor of Chiropractic to locate subluxations, and reduce or correct them. This is done through a series of "chiropractic adjustments" specifically designed to correct the vertebral subluxations in your spine. Chiropractors are the only professionals who undergo years of training to be the experts at correcting subluxations.
A more detailed explanation...
Subluxations are really a combination of changes going on at the same time. These changes occur both in your spine and throughout your body. For this reason chiropractors often refer to vertebral subluxations as the "Vertebral Subluxation Complex", or "VSC" for short. In the VSC, various things are happening inside your body simultaneously. These various changes, known as "components," are all part of the vertebral subluxation complex. Chiropractors commonly recognize five categories of components present in the VSC. These five are:
- The Osseous (Bone) Component: is where the vertebrae are either out of position, not moving properly, or are undergoing physical changes such as degeneration. This component is sometimes known as kinesiopathology.
- The Nerve Component: is the malfunctioning of the nerve. Research has shown that only a small amount of pressure on spinal nerves can have a profound impact on the function of the nerves. This component is scientifically known as neuropathology.
- The Muscle Component: is also involved. Since the muscles help hold the vertebrae in place, and since nerves control the muscles themselves, muscles are an integral part of any VSC. In fact, muscles both affect, and are affected by the VSC. This component is known as myopathology.
- The Soft Tissue Component: is when you have misaligned vertebrae and pressure on nerves resulting in changes in the surrounding soft tissues. This means the tendons, ligaments, blood supply, and other tissues undergo changes. These changes can occur at the point of the VSC or far away at some end point of the affected nerves. This component is also known as histopathology.
- The Chemical Component: is when all these components of the VSC are acting on your body, and therefore causing some degree of chemical changes. These chemical changes can be slight or massive depending on what parts of your body are affected by your subluxations. This component is often known as biochemical abnormalities.
Chiropractors have known about the dangers of subluxations for over one hundred years. Today, more scientific evidence is showing the dangers of subluxations and the health benefits of correcting them. To be truly healthy, it is vital that your nervous system be functioning free of interference from subluxation. Our goal is to allow your body to return itself to the highest level of health possible by correcting Vertebral Subluxations. Chiropractors are the ONLY health professionals trained in the detection, location, and correction of the VSC.