Chiropractic Care: How the Nervous System Controls the Body


Chiropractic care relies on the fact that the nervous system is the master controller of human bodies. The human body can heal itself when the brain within the nervous system communicates with the injured organs or tissues to correct problems by advising the injured areas to build new tissue.  However, this can only happen if there is no interruption or interference in the flow of nerve impulses to the injured areas.  If there is an interruption or interference, the injured area cannot receive the message from the brain.

An interruption in this flow of nerve impulses, which by the way have been reported to travel at three hundred miles an hour, caused by a misalignment of the spine due to injury, mistreatment, or improper care, is called a sublaxation. Subluxations are caused by tension in the body as the result of physical, emotional or chemical stresses which are all stored the same way, one treated no different than the other.  When a sublaxation lasts for a while, various symptoms occur within the patient, depending on which part of the body is affected.  Because the energy in nerve impulses travel from the brain, down the spinal cord, dispersing through the vertebrae to all areas of the body, a sublaxation can occur anywhere in the body that the nerves are located.  Sometimes patients experience pain, tingling or numbness, yet other times the patient appears to be pain free, but claims to tire quickly, be very susceptible to colds, or simply exhibits poor posture.

Chiropractors treat patients by correcting these sublaxations or misalignments in the spine with gentle adjustments of the spine.  Results are usually felt quickly and last much longer, often permanently, compared to the temporary relief provided by prescription or over the counter medication.  These medications are discouraged as they can also cause negative side effects, sometimes worse than the original injury or complaint.

Common symptoms experienced when a sublaxation is present are low energy and excessive fatigue, sciatica, fibromyalgia, indigestion and heartburn, neck or shoulder pain, back or knee pain, vertigo, decreased joint mobility, headaches and more.

Good health should not relate to the absence of negative symptoms, but should instead be considered a state of physical, emotional and mental well-being.  Chiropractors treat patients by recognizing the lifestyle changes necessary to improve overall better health, recommending these changes to provide clients with individual health goals.  They will also provide support, motivation and inspiration on an ongoing basis.

Find a chiropractor in your neighbourhood by searching online for and visiting websites that provide valuable educational information as well as their contact information.  Or, ask around, many of your friends, family, or coworkers may have already done the homework for you and found a chiropractor they are comfortable with.


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Holistic medicine is based on the scientific fact that the body has a natural ability to heal itself given the correct environment and lifestyle.  This is due to the fact that the neurological system controls every function of the human body.  Many chronic medical conditions can be prevented and corrected with knowledge and simple lifestyle changes.

A chiropractor can help identify these simple lifestyle changes and help achieve overall better health by sharing knowledge and expertise as well as providing support, inspiration and motivation.  They believe people are ultimately responsible for their own wellbeing and optimal health, but are willing to provide the members of the community they work in with the chance and instructions on how to achieve their personal health goals.  Chiropractors can provide education and personalized recommendations for individual health goals so clients can take control of their lives, living to their full potential.

Chiropractic care can also correct the causes of many painful chronic symptoms and conditions through corrective adjustments of the neurological imbalances they identify in individuals visiting their wellness offices.  When the underlying cause is corrected through chiropractic care, patients see results much faster and more consistently than treatment with pain medication which can only provide temporary relief, not to mention possibly aggravate conditions creating even more undesirable symptoms.

Chronic symptoms and conditions treated by chiropractors include decreased hip mobility, headaches, neck and shoulder pain, heartburn and indigestion, ear ringing, fibromyalgia, vertigo, sciatica, as well as fatigue and low energy.

From the brain nerve impulses travel down the spinal cord and then branch out between the vertebrae to all areas of the body. If the vertebrae are unable to move properly due to injury or improper care, pressure is placed on the nerves causing pain.  When this happens, all of the potential energy carried by the nerve cannot reach the organs and tissues that it should.  Adjustments to the spine by a chiropractor can re-align the vertebrae and relieve the pressure on the nerves permitting increased flow of energy to the affected organs and tissues resulting in pain relief.

Chiropractic care within the community can be beneficial for sports injuries, children, pregnant moms and even corporations wishing to cut back on time missed due to medical reasons.  A chiropractor can be found through their websites which can provide very valuable information, educational videos, contact information and even blogs to communicate and share experiences with staff and fellow clients.

A chiropractic clinic I have dealt with and would highly recommend is the Britannia Chiropractic Clinic, located on Richmond Road in west Ottawa.  Dr Ken Dick from this clinic has treated the boys (and parents) on his son’s hockey teams for years, dealing with both the acute and chronic symptoms we bring to his attention.  His professional and compassionate demeanor and knowledge of sports injuries have attracted many of us to his chiropractic service.

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