How Does My Body Work
An analogy will help start this explanation. The power company supplies energy to run our homes and offices. That energy travels to our homes by way of cables. Once that energy gets to our location, it allows our appliances to run the way they were designed. If, for some reason, there is an interruption or lessening of the energy coming to us, our lights would be less bright, or perhaps our appliances would fail to operate. The same is true with our bodies.
Let's use a similar analogy, let's say you have a dimmer switch installed in your living room. As long as the dimmer switch is set all the way up, the lights burn very brightly. Now let's turn down the dimmer switch as low as it can go but still see a little bit of light, If, at that time, you replaced all the bulbs with the very best, state of the art light bulbs, would the bulbs be any brighter than the previous set? Of course, not! The reason is the electrical energy traveling through the wires of your home are being stopped by the dimmer switch, Now, if you slowly start increasing the switch to allow the energy to increase, the bulbs will increase in brightness. The light is an analogy for how our body expresses its health. The better the flow of energy to the vital organs and tissues of our bodies the better our bodies can perform. Therefore, better health!
Now let's take this one step further, there are 31 pairs of spinal nerves that emerge from the holes in our spinal column. These nerves travel from the brain and exit the spinal cord at very specific areas. For example, the nerves that control your small and large intestines, kidneys, sex organs as well as the nerves that control your lower back and legs exit the spinal cord in the lower back region. That is why many patients who enter our office for lower back pain also tell us upon questioning, that they have constipation or diarrhea problems, or perhaps menstrual difficulties. This is very common; another example is a patient who has neck pain, but also complains of headaches, sinus issues or ear problems. That would make sense because the nerves of the neck innervate those specific areas. The examples are numerous; however, suffice to say that the spinal cord controls our body functions. To the degree that we take care of our spine, and to the degree that it is working properly, is the degree we can expect our best level of health.
Think about this. Would you expect your teeth to perform properly if you never brushed or flossed them, or never visited a dentist to clean or correct them? Why is the spine so different? In reality, the real difference is that our spine is covered by skin and muscles so that we can not see our spines.
If people were able to view their spine to the same degree they see their teeth, many people would be horrified with how badly they have allowed their spines to deteriorate.
In a chiropractic office the first thing you can expect is to have your spine evaluated and X-rayed. This is an important step in elevating your health level and is in fact, is what differentiates chiropractors from other types of doctors.
Accidents, falls, tension, stress, overuse, and other factors can prevent the spine from working within in its normal range of motion. This can cause minor displacements of the segments of our spine. If this displacement irritates spinal nerves, various malfunctions can occur in your body, these displacements are called subluxations. Various studies have shown that subluxations can cause improper function of the organs and tissues of the body, leading to increased susceptibility to various conditions, including chronic disease. Logically, this should make sense. If, for example, the brain cannot control the stomach or intestines in the manner that was designed because of nerve compression or interference, would it be hard to imagine the body having less ability to digest and absorb nutrients from the foods you eat? And, if you are getting fewer nutrients, would a lower level of health be that far fetched? Think about each organ of your body; let your mind ponder about what would happen if each vital organ or tissue was working at only 50%. What impact would that have on your health over the short or long term? It is this observation that leads many people to begin giving their spine the attention it deserves. Ask your chiropractor about these facts to open up your potential to a whole new level of health awareness for you, your family, and friends.