The Central Nervous System
The Central Nervous System consists of the brain and the spinal cord. They control and coordinate the functioning of all the organs, glands and tissues of the human body. If we think of the brain as our central computer, the nervous system is a communication network that carries messages from the brain to every part of our body through the spinal cord. The spinal cord runs through our back from the base of the brain through the spinal column, which protects it. Spinal cord nerves send information from body organs and external stimuli to the brain and send information from the brain to other areas of the body. The nerves of the spinal cord are grouped into bundles of nerve fibers that travel in two pathways. Ascending nerve tracts carry sensory information from the body to the brain. Descending nerve tracts send information pertaining to motor function from the brain to the rest of the body.
When the spinal column, which protects the delicate spinal cord, is not healthy, it cannot perform its protective function well. If two or more vertebrae are misaligned, nerve bundles that pass through them are compromised and the flow of information between the brain and body is disrupted. This is what we call a Vertebral Subluxation. This misalignment could not give us any symptoms for months or even years. However, the degenerative process inevitably begins if the subluxation is not corrected. Symptoms such as pain and lack of mobility are the way our body tells us that something is wrong. Depending on which vertebrae are misaligned, the symptoms are different.
What does the Doctor of Chiropractic do?
He corrects Vertebral Subluxation to reposition the vertebrae in their proper position and return the nervous system to its proper functioning, and thus returning the body to its innate resilience. A healthy nervous system leads to optimal health.
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