If You Want Good Health, You Need a Healthy Nervous System
By Dr. Molly Casey
Have you ever thought, “Why did that person get a chiropractic adjustment if they didn’t have pain?” Maybe you’ve heard of a baby going to the chiropractor and thought, “Why does a baby need to get adjusted?” Or perhaps you’ve silently said to yourself, “I don’t follow, I thought chiropractic care was for pain.” These are common questions or statements people come up with about chiropractic care. So let’s address them.
Chiropractic Care and Pain Relief
Does chiropractic care relieve pain? Yes, but at the very same time, people who get adjusted often experience many additional health benefits. Pain relief is a side effect of the chiropractic adjustment for many patients, and for many doctors of chiropractic -- while we are thrilled our patients have a decrease in pain -- it is not the primary focus of our practice.
Let me explain.
The Truth About Chiropractic
The chiropractic adjustment is performed to optimize spinal movement and thus improve the body’s communication system. Your brain speaks to the body and every single cell in it by sending information down through the spinal cord and out miles and miles of peripheral nerves. The cells within the body send information back to the brain through that same avenue. That system is called your nervous system, and it’s the communication system that controls your level of health and operation. The better it functions, the better chance you have at enjoying the journey of optimal health and the best experience in this life.
The spine houses and protects that communication system. If the spine is moving less than optimally, the potential functioning of that communication system decreases too. When the function of any system decreases, its integrity decreases. As well, its production or end results suffer, and trying to ward off any problems also becomes harder. This rings true for systems whether in a factory or in your body.
The chiropractic adjustment restores optimal range of motion to spinal joints so the communication system, from a structural standpoint, can do its job without any interference. When a patient receives an adjustment and structural integrity is improved or returned, the communication systems optimize and the healing process can take its normal or intended path. For example, that inflamed element can heal, or the swelling can go down -- and yes, as a result of the healing process, the pain often goes away.
Chiropractic is about an optimal functioning communication system, optimal health, and optimal life.
Who Should Get Checked?
If you have a spine you should get checked by a chiropractor. Your spine is under constant stress as you live your entire life through your body. You use it daily, and lack of use is still use in and of itself, so the old saying, “ I don’t do anything that would warrant a chiropractor” holds no water. You use your spine daily.
Everyone can benefit from improved communication in their life, whether it is in their body or in their relationships. To better communicate in your relationships, I contend that you must first have optimal structural and nervous communication within yourself.
There is being alive and there is fulfilling potential. They are two different things. I have found in my decade and a half of practice that folks who engage in regular chiropractic care tend to value and engage in fulfilling potential in every aspect of their lives, and they realize it starts with the physical potential within their body. Stop in and see the doctors at The Joint Chiropractic to see how they can help you improve the quality of your health and daily life through regular chiropractic care.
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