Chiropractic and Your Nervous System

Your nervous system is your body’s master control center.  Every communication between your body and brain is carried through the complex network of nerves that are your nervous system.

The process of digestion, the feeling of thirst or the need to scratch an itch are all sensations that are controlled by your nervous system.  Even the sensation of pain is carried from the affected body part to you brain through your nervous system.  Every sensation you feel and the way you respond to that sensation is controlled by your nervous system.

If the communication between your brain and the rest of your nervous system is compromised in any way, the function of your nervous system will also be compromised.   If this happens, the messages that are relayed back and forth from your brain to your body will not be able to get through efficiently.  Some examples of how this might happen include muscle spasm, trigger points in your muscles or spinal misalignments, which a chiropractor can locate and correct.

Chiropractors assess your spine to determine if there are areas of interference and compromised communication.  A chiropractic adjustment, or series of adjustments, will help restore the proper function of your nervous system.  Keeping your nervous system free of interference and  functioning optimally is one of the most important things you can do to get healthy and stay healthy!

Kids and Chiropractic

More now than ever, parents are seeking natural methods of healthcare for their family.  Chiropractic is a natural method of health care that is safe, gentle and effective.  Many parents choose chiropractic care for their children because they are starting to realize that many common spinal problems seen in adults may begin as early as birth.  Locating and correcting these problems can improve the child’s overall health.

Even if the child was born “naturally”,  birth can stress an infant’s spine and developing nervous system.  The resulting irritation to the nerve system caused by spinal and cranial misalignment can cause several common health complaints. Colic, developmental delay, nursing or latching issues, sleep disturbances and chronic infections can often be traced to nervous system stress resulting from a misalignment.  As the infant grows and meets developmental milestones, learning to roll over, sit, crawl and walk are all activities that affect spinal alignment.  Even if your child seems healthy, these milestones are an ideal time to have your child checked by a chiropractor.

As a child begins to participate in regular childhood activities, such as riding a bike or playing a sport, small spinal misalignments may occur.  Childhood injury is one of the most common reasons a parent seeks care for their child.  Because childhood is a period of significant and rapid growth, if traumas are neglected during childhood, they may lead to more serious problems later in life.  These misalignments may or may not result in immediate pain or symptoms.  Subtle trauma throughout childhood can affect future development of the spine, leading to impaired nerve system function.

Any interference to the nervous system will adversely affect the body’s ability to function and grow optimally.  Regular chiropractic checkups throughout childhood can identify potential spinal injury from these traumas, allowing corrections to be made early in life, to help avoid many of the health complaints seen later in adults.

Another reason that parents seek out the care of a chiropractor is to resolve a particular symptom or condition.  Sometimes parents seek care for their child because of colic, ear infections, or headaches.  Although chiropractic can and does help with these issues, it is important to understand that a doctor of chiropractic does not diagnose or treat these conditions or diseases specifically.

The expertise of the chiropractor is in checking the child’s spine for misalignments that impair nerve system function, thereby affecting overall body function. These misalignments interfere with the body’s ability to send and receive messages to and from the brain. Because the nervous system controls and coordinates the function of all the systems in the body, nerve interference can impair any aspect of health.  A chiropractic adjustment restores proper alignment which in turn reduces nervous system irritation, allowing the body to be as healthy as possible.

Every chiropractic adjustment is tailored to fit a child’s size, weight, and development. Chiropractic care is a safe and  gentle way to keep your child healthy.