Published on July 28, 2013
Jane visits her chiropractor complaining of chronic pain in her mid-back, between her shoulder blades. She has a stressful job, drinks a lot of coffee, and her diet is not the best. Her health history includes symptoms of gastric reflux, which she is taking medication for. Upon examination, the chiropractor notices several levels of spinal restriction and pain in her mid-back. As part of the treatment, a chiropractic manipulation is performed on this area. During her follow-up visit she says that her back feels a lot better, and oddly enough, her reflux symptoms are much improved as well.
How Is Chiropractic Care Connected To Overall Health?
The area of her chief complaint in her back also happens to be the same area that gives nerve supply to the stomach region, therefore it is possible that by helping reduce the irritation to the nerves in that area, that other areas supplied by those nerves may have also benefited. These ‘fringe benefits’ of chiropractic care occur countless times.
The body’s structure and function go hand in hand. If we allow the day-to-day stresses of our jobs and lifestyles to build, problems can build, from minor to severe. Our spine is central to our structure and also happens to be the ‘relay station’ of our central and peripheral nervous systems, and it becomes essential to address issues that arise there.
These issues may manifest as restriction and pain in one or more regions of the spine and pelvis. These restrictions in the spinal joint are often referred to as subluxation complexes.
If there are problems with the organs or with other tissues that are supplied by these same nerves, this may manifest as a problem at the corresponding spinal level (at the relay station). The main goal of chiropractic care is to restore the motion in these restricted segments, thereby also reducing irritation to the nervous system.
The spine is a ‘high-traffic’ area of the nervous system, and performing chiropractic adjustments sets off a cascade of events like; reduction of muscle spasms, a release of endorphins, and a decrease in local inflammation – just to name a few.