As well as dealing with structural issues, chiropractors look to optimise the function of the nervous system by making adjustments to the spine that clear interference of nerve output. Sciatica is a common example of this.
About your spine
The spine has 24 movable vertebrae of the neck, mid back and lower back. The base of the spine known as the sacrum is made up of 5 fused vertebrae. The sacrum is where the spine joins the lower body at the pelvis.
Between each of the movable vertebrae we have an intervertebral disc. These discs act as shock absorbers to help distribute force through the spine and allow space for the spinal nerves to exit from the spinal cord.
The spinal cord is the connection between our brain and every cell, organ and tissue of the body.
Our nervous system controls all of our body’s functions and movements, with the spinal cord acting as the super highway for this information. The spinal column protects the spinal cord and so allows the free flow of information, therefore it is essential to keep the spine healthy and moving well, allowing the nervous system to function optimally.
Why do things go wrong with our structure?
There are many activities that can cause joints of the spine to become misaligned. You may have been involved in a trauma, or subluxations may have been caused by normal activities such as a repetitive action you do at work or at home or perhaps through a sporting activity.
Often what we find as chiropractors is a person’s problem is a combination of these possible causes. Eventually the body will continually try and compensate for misalignment’s that it cannot self-correct and progressively creating more tension, pain and immobility.
At Rebalance Chiropractic, we aim to tackle the underlying cause of your body’s mechanical problem, rather than taking the pressure off a compensation. Taking the pressure off a compensation is great in the short-term, a bit like taking a paracetamol for headaches when you need new glasses, but long term it is not a viable solution. So, the key message is; always tackle the underlying problem. Because when you do this, your symptoms improve.