Chiropractic was created on the principle that the power that made the body heals the body. This means that our bodies were gifted with a network of cells, tissues and organs that work together to protect us. This network of systems is what we call “innate intelligence” (an inborn intelligence the body has that allows us to function, heal, energize, metabolize and be.) A large part of this inner system of communication is found in parts of your brain that control the immune system. We are consciously unaware of the billions of impulses that are constantly monitoring to correct any problems, much like we are consciously unaware of our bodies digesting food after we eat. A simple example, think of the last time you had a minor cut that healed itself. Did you ‘think’ about anything to get the skin to heal or did you simply notice that it healed itself?
But what happens if this essential part of our nervous system is interfered with or is not properly supported? The answer is a breakdown in normal function begins. Chiropractors believe one way this problem can occur is when the nerves that carry these messages are irritated at the level of the spine where they exit. This irritation is the result of a subluxation, which is scientifically defined as a minor misalignment between a joint. The theory is that a subluxation creates undue stress on the involved joints, much like poorly aligned tires on a vehicle that will cause the car to drive improperly or put wear/tear and stress on the tires unequally. As this irritation continues, swelling takes place. The swelling builds up and because subluxated joints do not move well, there is no natural pumping action to help remove this swelling, so the problem persists. When the swelling reaches the point where it impedes either the circulation of the blood flow to the nerve, the nerve itself, or both, you begin to feel pain and/or muscle spasms.
When the nervous system is out of balance in either direction, muscles, organs, and tissues suffer. The principle of chiropractic adjustments (spinal manipulation) is to restore this normal balance by restoring as much proper joint function in the spine as possible. This takes the pressure off the nerve and allows for repair and normal nerve activity to be reestablished. The body then receives the correct messages to help heal any reparable damage to the muscles, organs, or tissues.
Dr. Michael Gampolo
Phone: (407) 504-0117