What is chiropractics?
Because chiropractors primarily work on the spinal region, many individuals assume that only back and neck problems can be treated. While teatments do quickly and effectively eliminate back and neck pain, it's not the only goal. The objective is to restore and optimize your health. According to a statement from The Association of Chiropractic Colleges, "The purpose of chiropractic is to optimize health."
To understand how chiropractic treatment can help optimize your health, you must look at the relationship between the spine and your nervous system. As you probably know, the nervous system controls all living cells, tissues and organs; orchestrating and coordinating all cellular functions. The spinal column encases the nervous system (spinal cord and nerve roots) and is responsible for its protection.
Because of this intimate relationship, problems in the spinal column can irritate parts of the enclosed nervous system. The irritation can result from harmful irritating biochemicals released during tissue injury or may result from direct pressure. In either case, the functioning of the nervous system is negatively influenced along with the functioning of the cells, tissues and organs which are supplied by the affected nerve(s).
The resulting ailment(s) depends on the cells, tissues and organs affected as well as the extent of nervous system damage.
In short, because the body's innate recuperative powers are affected by and integrated through the nervous system, correcting spinal abnormalities which irritate the nervous system can lead to a number of favorable results in patients suffering from various, seemingly non-spinal health conditions.