The following information was originally presented in Lifeback Pointers #’s 1, 3 & 4. I have divided it into 3 sections.
To understand the importance of Chiropractic, you have to understand the importance of the body’s nervous system. The nervous system can well be described as the “master system” of the body, for it controls and coordinates all body functions from the most basic to the most complex. The nervous system consists of the brain, spinal cord and all the nerves of the body, which convey messages we receive from the outside environment and from internal organs. The messages travel from the body to the brain and from the brain back to the tissues, muscles and organs of the body. These messages allow the body to respond and adapt appropriately. When these messages are disrupted, the body can lose optimum function and resistance and become vulnerable to disease.
The spinal cord is protected and surrounded by spinal bones called vertebrae. When nerves leave the spinal cord, they must exit through special passageways created by the unique shape and position of the spinal vertebra. The spine however, has more functions than just to protect and house the spinal cord. The spine is the frame for your body where muscles attach and enable you to move about, as well as to carry the weight of the body. For this to happen, the spinal vertebrae were designed to maintain a certain alignment in relation to each other and also to allow them to move freely between each other. However, for numerous reasons, the spinal vertebrae may no longer maintain this free movement or proper alignment. This can place pressure on the nerves where they leave the spinal cord, causing them to suffer interference which can cause
pain, but more importantly, it can prevent the messages from traveling to and from the brain. When this happens, it is called the vertebral subluxation complex.
This vertebral subluxation complex, is indeed, a complex condition that involves impaired function of the spinal joints, which may result in nerve interference, soft tissue damage (sometimes muscle), and decreased function and performance of the body. This condition, a subluxation, has been said to be caused by one of 3 T’s, that is, either by thoughts, trauma or toxins. This is because when thoughts cause subluxation it is probably due to stress which causes muscles to become tight. By trauma, we mean any type of accident, whether involving any type of fall, vehicle, or sports related, etc. Toxins refer to any substance harmful to the body, whether from the environment, work related, or even foods containing additives that are not good for the body. To try to avoid these 3 T’s is one of the basic concepts of wellness, which is a topic for a future article.