What is chiropractic?: Why it’s important
By Dr. George Bobbitt
Chiropractic is a natural system of health care based upon helping to eliminate a person”s pain/symptoms and improve body functions by removing the irritation to the nerves in the body. Your nerves control all the functions of your body from digestion, breathing, circulation, touch and movement to mention a few. Nerves also let us know when there is an injury to the body by producing pain.
When nerves of pain are irritated, you feel pain. When nerves that control function are irritated, there is no pain. However, you lose some, if not all the functions controlled by those nerves.
Almost all the nerves in the body travel from the brain through the spinal cord to the rest of the body. These nerves control every muscle, organ and tissue in the body. If the spine loses its normal alignment whether it be through trauma, slips, falls, trips, stumbles, automobile accidents, poor posture, muscle weakness etc…the bones of the spine can cause pressure or irritation to the delicate nerves that exit between them.
This condition is called subluxation; a minor misalignment of the spine, causing pressure on the nerves. A subluxated vertebrae can occur at all stages of life. Most commonly they occur from childhood mishaps and everyday life episodes that go unrecognized and untreated.
Although pain can sometimes occur immediately with a subluxation, more often than not, health problems, including pain, can occur slowly over time.
Chiropractors get a doctorate degree with four years of graduate study focusing on the sciences studied by other physicians. They also study techniques to eliminate pain and restore normal function without using medications or surgery.
Our goal is to help our patients get free of the symptoms with which they suffer, but even more important to help correct the cause of the problem. Symptomatic treatment that leaves the cause of the problem un-handled is incomplete because it leaves the source of the problem there to cause future problems.
Once health has been obtained, it is vital to maintain your health. Prevention and maintenance care support the goal of improving and prolonging the quality of life.