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Chiropractic: Explained

Chiropractic field is a combination of philosophy, art and science of healing the body and maintenance of general good health. The philosophy states that all life contains Innate (inborn) Intelligence and that this force is responsible for the organization, maintenance and healing of the body.

Chiropractic philosophy begins with the principle that the human organism has an innate power to maintain its own health. This unique health care approach views the body as having natural ability to adapt to changes in its internal and external environments and maintain itself in a state of well-being.

Chiropractor detects interference in the body by skillfully palpating the spine, detecting restriction of motion, muscle spasm and inflammation. This interference occurs in the vertebral column, it can also occur in peripheral joints and rib head, is called a subluxation. A specific treatment removes subluxation to the nervous system (by way of a spinal adjustment) and that when the spine is in correct alignment, Innate Intelligence can act, by way of the nervous system, to heal disease within the body for a long period of time.

A subluxation which affects a peripheral nerve fibers, which stem from the central nerve system (brain and spinal cord) are divided in to two classes, nerves carry impulses outward and sensations inward. Every part of our body is innervated, just like every part has a vascular supply. Nerve fibers are divided in two classes, efferent and afferent. Impulse is transmitted from peripheral afferent fiber-endings, which are transmitted to the center of the nervous system. Efferent nerve fibers carry impulses out from the center to their endings. Most of these go to muscles and are therefore called motor impulses; some are secretory and other inhibitory enter glands either restrain or promote secretion. The activity of these nerves, or rather their fibers, may become excited or allayed by impingement, the result being a modification of function—too much or not enough action—which can cause disease process to the effected organs, especially if the nerve supply is diminished over a long period of time.

The chiropractic adjustment is a quick thrust applied to a vertebral subluxation or joint misalignment for the purpose of correcting its position, movement or both. Adjustments are often accompanied by an audible sound of the joints. Some adjusting techniques are designed to move the spine in a way that does not produce the audible sound.

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