What Is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is about helping people live healthier, fuller lives. While typically thought of as “bone doctors”, chiropractors actually focus on the nervous system by adjusting the vertebral column in order to improve the function of the nervous system.
The intention of the chiropractic adjustment is to remove any disruptions or distortions of the energy flow that may be caused by slight vertebral misalignments that we call subluxations. Chiropractors are trained to locate these subluxations and then to remove them, thereby restoring the normal flow of nerve energy in terms of both quality and quantity. The idea is that if the master system, which is the nervous system, is healthy and functioning, then the other systems under its control will also function in a more optimal fashion.
Chiropractic is based on the belief that the same innate intelligence that can grow a single cell into a complex human being, made of billions of cells, can also heal the body if it is free of disturbance to the nervous system. For example, if the area of the spine that supplies nerve flow to the stomach is subluxated, then information going to the brain regarding that organ and its function, digestion, will be distorted and the brain will not be receiving accurate data on its condition. Likewise, decisions made in the brain and conveyed along the nervous pathways will be disrupted and the correct responses will be inhibited. When a chiropractor removes this interference, then the nervous system functions more optimally and the body is able to heal itself via the two-way communication system.
The philosophy of chiropractic is that health, not merely the absence of symptoms, comes from within the body, not from the outside. It is the innate, or inborn intelligence of our bodies, that does the healing. It is not the drugs, the surgeries or the physician/chiropractor that does the healing, but the body itself. It is the job and the great honor of the chiropractor to remove subluxations so that the power that made the body may heal the body.