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Chiropractic Health & Rehabilitation

What Does Chiropractic Care Have to do With Wellness?

Most people initially consult a doctor of chiropractic to relieve pain in their backs, legs, necks, arms or heads. However, when a chiropractor applies his or her philosophy and techniques to correct the pain problem, there may be an unexpected but welcome secondary gain.

At the core of chiropractic philosophy is the fact that the brain and nervous system control and mediate the functions of the human body. The influence of the nervous system on the rest of the body is altered when the nerves that exit the spine at the vertebrae are crowded, stretched or otherwise irritated by spinal misalignments and fixations. These conditions result in pain at the primary site, but can also affect other areas where the injured nerves travel. For instance, nerves that exit the spine between the shoulder blades travel to the stomach. This is how the brain mediates and controls stomach function. If these nerves are irritated at the level of the spine where they exit, they can cause interference with stomach function. A person may enter the chiropractic office with middle back pain, but through the course of treatment, stomach symptoms – which the individual may have thought were unrelated – improve. Not all stomach problems are caused by this type of nerve interference, but it is an extremely common contributing factor, and in many cases a primary factor.

Through the course of chiropractic treatment for various pain problems involving the spine and its related muscles and nerves, other conditions which affect a person’s overall wellness improve. This type of phenomenon is experienced routinely in chiropractic offices. Doctors of chiropractic know that when the nervous system is allowed to function normally and the spine and its related muscles and ligaments are normalized, people experience greater well being.

Chiropractors treat the human body as a whole, which means that nutrition and exercise are usually integrated into the treatment plan, enabling people to achieve their wellness potential.