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How does Chiropractic work?

Your brain and nervous system control and monitor the proper function of every cell, tissue and organ in your body. The nervous system and brain communicate with your body by sending and receiving messages across your network of nerves. These nerves enter your brain via your spinal cord which is protected by 24 movable spinal bones called vertebrae.

When one or move of your vertebrae move out of position they can create pressure on or irritate the nerves entering and exiting our spinal cord. Such interference can also occur in other joints such as our ankles, hips, knees, shoulder and elbows. This pressure or irritation on the nerves hampers their ability to send the vital messages to and from the brain – frequently this causes pain and will affect the functioning of the cell, muscle or organ that the nerves connect with. This problem is called a vertebral subluxation.

It is the responsibility of your Doctor of Chiropractic to locate subluxations, and reduce or correct them. This is done through a series of highly specific chiropractic adjustments to the spine or joints which involves your chiropractor using his or her hands to apply a controlled manipulation of the joint.

Adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, allowing tissues to heal and enabling the nervous system to communicate freely again. Once your nervous system is free from obstruction, it can get on with its job of keeping you alive and healthy. Chiropractors are the only professionals who undergo years of training to be the experts at correcting subluxations.

There is more clinical evidence to support the efficacy of chiropractic than any other complementary discipline. Click here for examples of chiropractic research.