With Chiropractic care the focus is on the spine and nervous system and its relationship of each other in the maintenance for better health and well being. Chiropractic is important because the spinal cord, an extension of the brain, has 1 billion nerve cells protected by 24 vertebral bones. We also know that the brain is a vital center of the body which has 10 to 20 billion nerve cells and is reconnected with fellow nerve cells in the brain some 60 to 240 trillion times. If a vertebra in the spine is out of alignment, being subluxated, it interferes with the mental impulses traveling through the nervous system and may result in the bodies innate potential to expressed less than what it should be. The three major causes of this are usually from mechanical, chemical, and emotional stresses that are experienced in life style which we choose to live in. Since the nervous system supplies every organ, gland, and cell in the body with information from the brain it is important for the mind-body connection to be whole and free as much as possible from nerve interference.
Research with Chiropractic Care
Provide better motion to the spinal column which helps decrease pain and spinal degeneration.
Improve quality of life, wellness and lower stress and depression.
Increase blood flow within the brain.
Increase lung function by changing the forced vital capacity and forced expiratory volume.
Reduce arterial blood pressure.
Stimulates immune function by increasing CD4 counts.
Effects the way DNA repair based on the activity of an enzyme called adenosine diphosphate ribosyl transferase.
This is short list and not all encompassing statement of what chiropractic care can influence.
History of Chiropractic
The history of the chiropractor dates back as far as 17,500 B.C. Hippocrates believed that a misaligned spine contributed to the health of an individual. Modern day chiropractic goes back over 100 years, when the first chiropractic adjustment was given by Dr. Daniel Palmer on September 18, 1895.
When this was performed on a janitor named Harvey Lillard in the Ryan Building in Davenport, Iowa it revolutionized the approach of health care. Harvey Lillard reported to Dr. Palmer that at the time of losing his hearing 17 years previously, had strained his back and heard a noise in his back when this happened. Suspecting that there could be a spinal misalignment, Dr. Palmer examined him and found a vertebra out of alignment. Dr. Palmer adjusted the vertebra and the man’s hearing improved. This proved Dr. Palmer’s theory that if the spine is aligned correctly, the nerve flow to all parts of the body will work correctly and, thus, the body will be healthy and free of disease. Dr. Palmer was excited to think that he may have discovered a cure for all sickness. Since then the philosophy of chiropractic has developed to promote to not only help sick people to get well but to also keep well people from getting sick to allow the body to heal within to reach its full innate potential.