Chiropractic has a simple philosophy that can save your life and make you a happier, healthier person. Many people do not understand the purpose of chiropractic and how it can benefit even the youngest of patients. That’s right; kids can derive great benefit from chiropractic care for the same reasons that adults see such amazing changes to their health. The truth of the matter is that chiropractic care is a tool to help your body do what it already does every day; keep your body healthy and functioning properly.
Chiropractic care helps restore nervous system function by seeking out subluxations in your spine. As you may already know, your spine is made up of 24 bones that house your spinal cord. You spinal cord is the bridge form your brain to the rest of the nerves that run to every cell, tissue, and organ in your body. A subluxation happens when one of your 24 spinal bones move out of place due to such things as stress, trauma, or physical exertion.
A subluxation is a serious issue that results in pressure being placed of the nerves that exit between the bones of your spine. It may not be painful or even noticeable, but it can create long term problems and cause degeneration within the bones of the spine. If you let it go long enough, the subluxation may lead to great pain as the bones in your spine are not properly aligned and will eventually create more serious health issues.
Imagine a garden hose. If you have a garden hose hooked up to a sprinkler in your yard, what happens if you go and stand on that hose? You will find that the water pressure decreases due to the interference within the hose and the sprinkler will not be spraying as much water as it was before you stood on the hose. When you step off, the flow of water is restored without restriction and the sprinkler is once again operating at its full potential.
This same phenomenon may be happening within your nervous system as you read this article. You may not be able to feel it, but a subluxation could be placing pressure on the nerves exiting your spinal cord right now and decreasing the flow of important messages making their way to your body. As you probably already know, you cannot live if your brain cannot transmit messages to your body through the nervous system. What happens, however, when restrictions from a subluxation decrease the messages?
The answer to that question is the basis of chiropractic care. As we know, subluxations can lead to a laundry list of health problems. Your body needs to be able to communicate with your brain in order to function properly. Subluxations can occur at any age and for a wide variety of reasons. Without being analyzed and adjusted by a chiropractor, these subluxations can have drastic effects on your health.
For this reason, it is important that subluxations are eliminated before they have a chance to do damage. We all have a spine, and these problems can begin from birth. While children are more resilient to these issues then adults, they are not resistant to them entirely. Eliminating subluxations in the spine before they have a chance to cause degeneration will allow a child to stop a potential problem before it starts. Most adults seek chiropractic care only after a problem becomes noticeable. At that point in time the damage has already occurred and we must play catch-up to restore proper nervous system function. For that reason, it makes sense to eliminate subluxations immediately, starting from childhood. And remember, chiropractic care is a tool to help your body stay healthy and functioning at its full potential. There is no age restriction on subluxations and the best defense is a good offense.