A Holistic Approach to Your Health
The purpose of chiropractic care is the correction of nerve interference. Nerve interference promotes sickness and disease. It robs our vitality and weakens our immune system.
The spinal column consists of twenty-four small bones called vertebrae. Seven of these are located in the neck. Twelve are found in the mid-back, and five are in the lower back. The vertebrae stack one on top of the other, and when you look at them from front to back, they form a straight line.
It's rare to find someone with a spine that's perfectly aligned. In most people, the spine curves slightly to the right or to the left and sometimes, one or more of the vertebrae are twisted or rotated.
When the vertebrae are misaligned, the flow of messages from the brain to all the other cells in the body is distorted. This type of nerve interference creates disorganization of bodily processes and disease. This misalignment of the vertebrae, called subluxation, can often exist undetected and slowly undermine one's health.
At the heart of chiropractic care is the adjustment. A spinal adjustment is a specific application of forces used to facilitate the body's correction of nerve interference. The force must be given with the right amount of pressure in the proper direction at the right time. While it is usually done with the doctor's hands, adjusting instruments are used too.
What you can expect from your adjustment is a feeling of peace and relaxation that can last from a day to a week. Patients often comment that they experience a better night's sleep and increased energy. Some patients report that their symptoms start to go away after the first adjustment, while others don't feel any immediate difference. If you don't feel a change, don't be discouraged! Often you are not aware of internal improvements.
[Excerpted from Chiropractic First, written by Terry A. Rondberg, D.C.]
Here's what your normal neck curve should
look like - we call this the Arc of Life:
No tension on spinal cord
Perfect center of gravity
100% nerve flow
No degeneration for 120-140 years
Now, here's a picture of a neck with
a loss of the normal curve:
Below 34° curve
Dark space in front of bones
Do not live as long as people with a normal arc
Decreased health quality throughout life
And here's a picture of someone
with a reversed Arc of Life:
Most people afflicted only live to approximately 65 years old
Most severe stretching of spinal cord
Can reduce life expectancy by 12-15 years