The art and science of chiropractic practise has existed for over 100 years, and can be a valuable tool for the individual seeking health and wellness change. Chiro- comes from the Greek word for hand and praktikos-meaning practical or practical work. Chiropractic usually focuses on identifying slight defects in the spine or vertebral column called subluxations (luxation is a complete dislocation) and aligning the relationship between one vertebrae and the next. Owing to posture or repeated repetitive movements as well as acute disease , injury and even pregnancy, these subluxations or misalignments in the spine are normal and can happen. If you are looking for more tips, check out Mattingly Chiropractic.

For the past hundred years, chiropractic has been the norm shifting from Eastern philosophy to being a part of Western medicine. Basically, conventional Western medicine used electronic medical devices, drugs, and surgery to treat the illness or disorder or symptom from the outside. Chiropractic, by comparison, is focused on diagnosing the root cause of the illness or symptom with the assumption that the central nervous system and the sympathetic and parasympathetic system regulates all body functions and acts like a computer programme. The nervous system consists of pairings of nerves which are separated to perform their respective functions. — pairing is divided into a sympathetic muscle branch for battle or flight instincts and a parasympathetic branch for rest and digestion functions.

With a general understanding of the Chiropractic past and philosophy let us now look at how this practise can be used to help promote and sustain health and wellness. Few if any of us are lucky enough to get through this life without suffering misalignments in the spine or extremity. These misalignments can happen as early as the beginning of birthing! And from infants to school age adolescence it’s uncommon not to be involved in incidents like falls, sporting injuries, auto crashes, bad sleep and sitting postures. When we get old enough to work there will be more chances for postural imbalances and injuries at work and at home. Then as we mature into potentially healthier health habits we face new challenges in the form of arthritis and reduced activity in general. The list of who can gain from Chiropractic is a straightforward answer … to some degree, anyone can. How much benefit one can get and how much care is required depends on many factors like age and acuteness or severity of illness.