Communication signals from your brain to your nerves, then back to your brain again.
Chiropractic is a non-invasive, hands-on health care discipline that focuses primarily on the nervous system. Your nervous system is basically your brain and the nerves that branch out of your spinal cord.
Every single cell and organ in your body receives communication signals from your brain, telling them what to do. That’s only if your nerves are functioning normally.
But when your nerves become over-sensitive, you start to feel pain. If they become under-sensitive, other problems can happen. This is what we call an underlying dysfunction. This is also the cause for chronic pain.
Although there are many reasons you could develop an underlying dysfunction, the most common causes are:
- postural stress (how you usually sit & sleep)
- repetitive stress (your work & social activities)
- traumatic stress (any falls, injuries & accidents you’ve had)
As you’ve probably noticed, stress is a normal part of your life. Some days you have more stress, some days you have less stress. Sometimes it happens to you, sometimes you inflict it on yourself (bad habits).
The important thing is that your nerves respond to stress by changing its sensitivity. It does this to protect and remind you not to do certain things that could damage your body further. Unfortunately, the side effect for you is chronic pain.
Doctors of Chiropractic are specifically trained to find and fix underlying dysfunctions in your body. As mentioned above, this is when your nerves become oversensitive (or under-sensitive) due to stress. And this is also the underlying cause for chronic pain.
If you’ve experienced any pain for more than 3 months, this is called chronic pain. It’s also the most common reason for starting Chiropractic care.
Chiropractic is a great way to relieve and manage your chronic pain. It’s unique because it addresses the underlying cause(s) of your pain. This is good because it’s a natural approach & it acknowledges your body as a whole.
Traditionally, chronic pain is managed with drugs & surgery. The problem with this approach is that it’s only looking at the tip of the iceberg, focusing on the pain while forgetting the bigger picture.