Who benefits from chiropractic? EVERYONE! On the surface this may seem like a bold claim so let’s take a closer look. In order to fully understand and appreciate who benefits from chiropractic we have to first understand exactly what chiropractors do. Chiropractors understand that the body is a self-regulating, self-healing entity run and governed by an inborn intelligence. Think about it for a minute. Who you are today started with just two cells. How did those two cells know to multiply and grow and differentiate to become what you are today? How does your heart know to beat and your stomach know to digest food? Are these things you consciously control? Of course not! Our bodies know to do these things and so much more because of an inborn wisdom. Think about difference between a living person and a recently deceased corpse. Both have hearts, brains, nerves, organs, etc. but there is a major difference. If the living being gets a paper cut it will heal, the corpse will not. The corpse lacks the life force or intelligence that is present in the living person.
This intelligence is expressed over the body’s nervous system. The nervous system consists of the brain, spinal cord and a vast network of nerves, which go to every single cell of your body. Your nervous system controls and coordinates every single action in your body. This is done as messages are sent from the brain, down the spinal cord and over the nerves and vice versa. The nervous system is so vitally important that it is encased in bone for protection. The skull surrounds the brain and the spinal bones surround and protect the spinal cord. Another intelligent design!
Over the course of our lives we are exposed to a variety of stress. Our bodies are constantly adapting to stress. Some of the stress is very beneficial such as exercise or fueling the body with healthy foods. Other types of stress are negative. There are three types of negative stress: physical, chemical and emotional. For the sake of brevity I will only list a few examples as I’m sure you all can think of other types that fit into these categories. For physical we have falls, injuries, car accidents, etc. For chemical we have pollution, smoking, processed foods, etc. For emotional we have job worries, financial issues or relationship problems. It is this negative stress that impacts and interferes with the delicate nervous system.
These negative stresses we encounter throughout life lead to misalignments of the spinal bones. When this happens it causes a disconnect between the brain and the body, or an interference to the nervous system. These misalignments that cause interference to the nervous system are called subluxations. Subluxations always cause us to operate at less than 100% of our potential as humans.
How common is this interference? Well, think about it. How much negative stress have you encountered over the course of your life? How many slips and falls did you have as a kid? How many sports injuries? How many car accidents? How many unhealthy meals? How many tests causing stress? I could go on for a long time but I think you get the point. And does the stress ever stop? Of course not! We do not live our lives in a bubble. Subluxations are an inevitable part of life. It is also important to note that most subluxations occur with no signs and symptoms. This is why it makes so much sense to make chiropractic a regular part of your healthy lifestyle.
Chiropractic is about one thing…removing subluxations so the body’s inborn wisdom can be better expressed over the nervous system! It has to be made clear that chiropractic is not a treatment for anything. That is not the goal of chiropractic. The goal is to remove subluxations so the body’s inborn wisdom can be better expressed. When your nervous system is operating free from interference you are better off whether you have symptoms or not. This should make sense. Interference to the nervous system=bad; removing this interference=good. This is true for everyone.
So who benefits from chiropractic? EVERYONE! Who should have their spine checked regularly? Anyone who wants to function better in every area of life. Chiropractic is for all people, not just sick people. The newborn, the pregnant mom, the athlete, the CEO, the working father, the grandparents are all better off with a clear brain-body connection and a clear nervous system.
Brent Vuyovich, DC
Brent Vuyovich, DC