But My Back Doesn’t Hurt
Why would anyone, especially a young child, go to a Chiropractor when their back doesn’t hurt? Why would anyone go to a dentist when their teeth don’t hurt?
The power of a chiropractic adjustment is far reaching, way beyond back pain. At the same time, the chiropractic adjustment and its effects throughout the body can be so subtle that it is overlooked and even “poo pooed” by many, including other health care professionals.
What is the true purpose of chiropractic? The real, true objective of chiropractic care is to correct something called a vertebral subluxation (sub-luck-say-shun). A vertebral subluxation is when a vertebra (spinal bone) is misplaced, even slightly, in relation to its neighbors above or below, causing pressure on, and interference to the function of the spinal cord and nerves.
The spinal cord and nerves carry vital messages, nerve impulses, back and forth from the brain to the body and then from the body back to the brain. Without nerve impulses flowing constantly and freely from the brain to the body and back again, the body part that is connected to those nerves will not work at its best.
Most everyone understands that when there is a trauma and injury to the spinal cord, the person can become paralyzed. When certain nerves are injured there can be paralysis of whole areas of the body, such as an arm or the legs or particular organs.
A vertebral subluxation causes an injury to the spinal cord and nerves that is more subtle. A vertebral subluxation causes paralysis at the cellular level. Subluxations cause partial paralysis of organs and body parts.
Having vertebral subluxations is like turning a dimmer switch down. Subluxations interfere with the natural, normal flow of nerve impulse messages from the brain to the body and back to the brain. When nerve messages are diminished, blocked or interfered with, the organ or body part supplied by those nerves will not work at its full capacity. The resulting lack of ease in the organ or body part can be subtle. Chiropractors have found that vertebral subluxations can lead to many diverse health conditions. There can be a greater and more frequent susceptibility to a variety of diseases and conditions because of subluxations.
Think of a health condition: high blood pressure, gall stones, ear infections, I.B.S., the flu, asthma, E.D, migraine, common colds, and many others. Now ask, could vertebral subluxations cause or contribute to that condition? The answer is yes.
But my back doesn’t hurt.
That is probably true, because most vertebral subluxations don’t hurt. Subluxations happen for a lot of reasons. Repetitive tasks such as working at a computer everyday or washing the dishes, falls, twists, lifting, bending, sports, or yard work can all cause subluxations. In fact many people have vertebral subluxations but don’t realize it. They have health problems and symptoms elsewhere in their body but don’t realize that there is a nerve system connection between their particular problem and their spine. Many people don’t realize that they have subluxations causing their body parts to malfunction.
Even young children have vertebral subluxations. Often from falls and bumps while learning how to walk. Sometimes from playing or having their diapers changed and very often from the birth process itself. Children get subluxations early on and you may not know it until later in life when an organ or some other body part starts giving them pain or problems.
Getting your spine checked regularly by a chiropractor for vertebral subluxations should be a part of everyone’s healthy lifestyle. Having your spine checked for subluxations should be done consistently, like brushing your teeth. Having your spine checked regularly can enhance your health potential and very likely it will help you to have a higher quality of life for a longer time.