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You've cut your finger. How is your body able to make this cut heal? How does it know to send all the appropriate restorative energies to exactly the right place at precisely the right time?
- You likely have not endured exhaustive lectures on anatomy, physiology, neurology or pathology.
- You are not consciously aware of the chemical processes involved in the blood clotting cascade.
- You have not spent hours in the histology lab learning the roles of different hematological components in the inflammatory process.
Your body heals because of the power of its own Innate Intelligence. It knows what to do. It repairs itself. It performs all of these intricate and complex processes so you can get on with life and your chosen activities.
The seat of Innate Intelligence in the body is the brain. Every function of the body is initiated and coordinated by the brain. Subsequently, all of the brain's messages are communicated to the body via the cranial nerves and the spinal nerves, which exit the spinal cord at each vertebral level.
In order for Innate Intelligence to be able to function at 100% efficiency throughout the entire body, all body structures must be in unobstructed communication with this system, known as the central nervous system.
Because of chiropractic's focus on this Innate Intelligence, it is mistakenly considered by some to be a "religion" of sorts. People will say, "I don't believe in that chiropractic stuff."
Well, here's the good news. our Innate Intelligence is a lot smarter than we are! A "belief" in the potential of chiropractic is not necessary for it to restore the body's balance and optimize its own natural healing processes. The body knows what it needs and will flourish when obstructions between the central nervous system and the rest of the body are removed. Removing these obstructions is what chiropractors do.
What do Chiropractors do?
Chiropractors use bones, most often the vertebrae, as contact points to perform adjustments. When performing these adjustments, the doctor's focus is actually on the motion of the joint between the bones. A well-delivered adjustment will restore proper anatomical motion to a joint that was moving either improperly or not at all. This, in turn, restores normalized input to the nerves surrounding the joint (and there are MANY.)
This process is called re-afferentation. Re-afferentation benefits the patient in two ways. It keeps the central nervous system healthy by providing it with accurate neurological input from the periphery, and it decreases the pain signals being sent to the brain by other nerves that surround the same joint.
As stated previously, the central nervous system governs every process in the body. This includes the function of the internal organs.
All systems, like the immune, vascular, digestive, respiratory and endocrine systems all get their marching orders, ultimately, from the central nervous system. Chiropractors regularly see patients become less reliant on asthma medications, hypertension medications, medications for endocrine disorders, etc.
We also see improvements in some patients with incontinence problems when the root cause is neurological. We see this because the internal organs receive neurological input from these same spinal nerves that innervate the skeletal muscles and joints. A full spinal examination and adjusting session from a chiropractor is like getting a full-body tune up. Within the limits of the body's tissues, which may or may not have been irreparably compromised previously due to disease, you may see vibrance return to any and all physiological systems in the body.