Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that the nervous system controls the function of every cell, tissue, organ and system in your body. First developed in 1895 as a health discipline that seeks to prevent and treat problems by using spinal adjustments in order to correct misalignments (subluxations), today chiropractic is the largest drugless healing profession. Chiropractors strive to diagnose and correct biomechanical disturbances and nervous system blockages, which often manifest in symptoms of inflammation, tension, adhesions and other joint mobility restrictions.
Chiropractic focuses on the relationship between bodily structure (primarily that of the spine) and function, and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health. Chiropractors use adjustments, which influence the body’s nervous system and natural defense mechanism in order to return the body to balance thus alleviate pain and improve general health.
The brain and nervous system control and coordinate all the body’s functions in part through nerve branches that exit from the spinal cord between the vertebrae. Irritation of the nervous system by mechanical, chemical, emotional factors are the cause of disease; restoration and maintenance of health depends on normal function of the nervous system. Adjustments of the spine induce normal joint motion, reduce nerve interference, relieve stress and restore healthy nervous system function by promoting the body’s natural healing capability.