The spinal column is comprised of a series of small bones and pads that run its length.  These small bones, called vertebrae, plus the pads, called discs, protect the spinal cord.  The spinal cord is a tightly-packed, flexible "cable" that houses the nerves that allow your brain to communicate with the rest of your body.  It runs the length of the spinal column, weaving its way down your back inside small openings in the vertebrae called vertebrae foramen.  Connected to the spinal cord are a series of nerve roots.  Collectively, these nerve roots connect to every nerve in the body.  Thus, spinal health is essential to overall health.    
The spine is remarkably tough and flexible, but it can also be fragile, even among healthy adults.  One of the weak links in the spine is the vertebrae.  With trauma or even daily activities such as lifting and exercise, vertebrae can shift out of alignment.  This is called Subluxation.  When this happens, the soft, spongy discs that cushion the vertebrae can bulge or herniate, which causes pressure on the nerves near the spine, causing pain, numbness, loss of function.


The Role of Chiropractic Medicine

By utilizing specific osseous adjustments (manipulation), Chiropractors can correct the misalignment in the vertebrae and help move the disc back into its proper position, returning the body to its natural state of balance, called homeostasis, which allows the body to restore health to itself.
Once the spine is in proper alignment and pain relieved, Chiropractic treatments often include strengthening exercises for the paraspinal and abdominal muscles that will assist in protecting the spine from future damage.  In addition, spinal decompressive techniques are often utilized to take pressure off of the damaged disc.
For more information on the treatments Chiropractic offers patients with Subluxations, contact us for a free consultation.  


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