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How Does Chiropractic Work?

To understand how chiropractic works, you only need to look at the basic structure of the human body.

Let’s start at the beginning.  When we are developing from the union of 2 microscopic cells, the first thing to form is what will eventually be recognized as the brain, followed by the spinal cord.  Thus, the central nervous system is set in place before any of the other organs and tissues.

Your Nervous SystemThe brain and spinal cord are first to develop for a reason.  If you have even the most elementary understanding of the human body, you recognize that the brain runs the whole show.  In order for any of the other organs to develop properly and function in unison, they need to be fed and orchestrated by the nervous system.

Think about it.  Without a nerve supply your heart doesn’t beat, your stomach doesn’t digest, and your lungs don’t process air.  To put it more bluntly, you die without your nerve supply.

But now let’s say that we don’t take your nerve supply away, but instead we dampen it down a bit, like softening the lights with a dimmer switch.  You still have most of your nerve supply, so you don’t die; but you certainly don’t fully live either.

This is exactly what happens when the bones in your spine become misaligned, or what chiropractors call subluxated.  You see, in order for those nerve messages to get from the brain into the heart, lungs, and other organs, they are transported down the spinal cord and then out through the nerves that exit the spinal column between the vertebra.  From there they continue on to the specific organ or tissue.

When the spine is in its proper alignment nerve impulses are conveyed in their full capacity, allowing the body to function at its peak.

Subluxations (misaligned spinal bones) choke off vital nerve impulses by “pinching” on spinal nerves, resulting in decreased nerve flow and compromised health.

Chiropractic adjustments correct misaligned vertebra, allowing the body to return to its balanced state, heal from the inside out, and express 100% life.  Block the nervous system and the body breaks down.  Free up pinched nerves and health returns.  It’s that simple.

Many of the conditions and symptoms that people treat endlessly with medications would be better addressed by a chiropractor.

Chiropractic Improves Brain Function

A chimpanzee brain at the Science Museum London

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The sixteenth annual upper cervical conference was held at Life University in Marietta, Georgia in November 1999. A study presented at the conference found that patients under chiropractic care experienced a measurable increase in brain function.

Microcog is a computer administered and scored test that serves as a diagnostic tool to determine cognitive (brain) function. It measures activity in nine categories: attention/mental control, memory, reasoning/calculation, spatial processing, reaction time, information processing speed, information processing accuracy, general cognitive functioning and general cognitive proficiency.

A total of 40 patients had their brain function measured by Microcog. 30 of these patients received upper cervical (neck) chiropractic adjustments and 10 served as a control group receiving no adjustments. Four weeks later, all 40 patients were tested by the Microcog system again.

According to the study, “significant improvements were observed in neurocognitive [brain] function in the group receiving upper cervical care. The control group did not demonstrate a similar trend. This study suggests that upper cervical chiropractic care may positively affect neurocognitive function.”

The World Health Organization defines “health” as 100% physical, mental and social well-being. A nervous system free of interference is vital to the full expression of all these aspects of your health potential. Chiropractic works to restore health by removing interference to your nervous system.

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