Chiropractic is based on the idea of removing imbalances both structural and postural in an effort to allow our body to heal itself. For this to happen the network of nerves and signals from your brain, down your spinal cord, to the network of nerves must be allowed to flow freely without any interruption. Chiropractors have the ability and skill to remove these interruptions and allow the body to perform as it was meant to.
If you've ever been in a car accident, played a sport, fallen down or just bumped into something too hard, and have not been seen by a chiropractor, it's very possible that you are not functioning at your best due to a joint misalignment. While there are many potential mechanical or structural causes for misalignment, there are also chemical reasons. For instance, if you smoke or drink excessively or even just have a poor diet, the chemical issues in your body can eventually cause underlying conditions and disease to appear.
When a vertebra becomes misaligned or moves out of its normal position, this is referred to in the chiropractic profession as a vertebral misalignment. Misalignments can be caused by a wide range of issues ranging from a minor slip or bump to a car accident or any sudden trauma. When a vertebra is misaligned or fixated, it begins to put pressure on nerves, blood vessels and everything around it. This pressure comes with a price. The fixation interrupts the natural pathways that the messages sent from the brain need to be clear in order to be completed properly.
As time goes by and a misalignment remains untreated, the spine and surrounding features such as discs can begin to degenerate due to chronic joint dysfunction. This degeneration becomes more difficult to reverse as time goes by as the surrounding muscles, nerves and bones begin to adjust to the new shape. The body is an amazing machine. It will start to accommodate these changes by compensating in other areas. The longer this goes on, the more difficult it is to correct and the longer it takes to get the spinal joints back to functioning properly.
Allowing a chiropractor to get you back on track both chemically and structurally will bring your body back to the proper state it should be in to perform at its peak.