When most people think of chiropractic, they immediately think of the spine and back pain. While chiropractors do work with the spine and plenty of chiropractic patients are under care because of back pain, there are many other reasons why someone would seek chiropractic care. This has to do with the fact that chiropractic care simultaneously addresses the nervous system and dysfunction in the spine.
The nervous system’s job is to send information about the body to the brain, where a response is formulated and sent back to the body to be carried out. This process is constantly being carried out to sustain life.
The nervous system and the spine are intimately related. The spinal cord connects the brain to the nerves and tissues of the body, and it is housed within the spinal column. The spine is made up of bones, or vertebrae, stacked upon one another. Between each vertebra is a small space that allows a spinal nerve to enter and exit the spinal cord and then connect to the tissues it regulates. The bones in the spine are very important because they protect these delicate neural tissues.
Everything we think or do, both conscious and subconscious, is the result of an impulse that starts in the brain. However, the brain creates these responses as a result of the information that the body detects through sensation and sends to the brain. This brain-body communication is critical for proper functioning of the body, from walking to breathing.
Information regarding the state of the body is sent through the nerves, into the spinal cord, and to the brain. The brain then integrates all of the information from the body and formulates an appropriate response. This response is then sent back down the spinal cord and through the nerves to the tissues it means to control, like muscles, organs, etc. If there is any interference at the point where the nerve enters and exits the spinal cord in association with a subluxation, this neural communication will be altered in some way and could change the way the brain responds to the signal, or the way the body interprets directions from the brain.
Upper neck, Upper Cervical Spine (C1-C2): head, face, upper neck, inner and middle ear, sympathetic nervous system, sinuses, eyes, auditory nerves, and more
Mid/Lower Neck, Cervical Spine (C3-C7): neck, shoulders, thyroid, tonsils, teeth, outer ear, nose, mouth, vocal cords, and more.
Mid Back, Thoracic Spine (T1 – T12): arms, hands, heart, coronary arteries, esophagus, trachea, lungs, bronchial tubes, gallbladder, liver, stomach, pancreas, spleen, kidneys, ureters, adrenal glands, small intestines, and more.
Lower back, Lumbar Spine (L1-L5): Large intestines, appendix, abdomen, bladder, reproductive organs, lower back, lower extremities (ankles, feet), and more.
Sacrum and Coccyx: hip bones, tail bone, buttocks, rectum, anus, and more.
Now that you know nerve interference can greatly affect all parts of your body, wouldn’t you like to see how chiropractic can help? Call now to schedule your complementary consultation. 678 . 585 . 9956