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What’s Nerves Got To Do With It?
Chiropractors help your nerves! Chiropractors may appear to work on your bones (chiefly your spinal column) but that’s only because the nerves are within.
Let us explain. Your nerves are not exactly inside your bones, but your soft, delicate, vitally important nerves are surrounded by hard bone. Your brain is covered by your skull—protected from all sides by solid bone.
Your brain’s billions of nerve fibers travel down through the bottom of your skull through a big hole (called the foramen magnum—Latin for ‘big hole’). This bundle of billions of nerve fibers is called your spinal cord.
Your Spinal Cord Helps Make You Whole
Your spinal cord travels from just under your skull to your lower back. It is protected by your spinal column—but not 100% protection. If it were wrapped in solid bone you wouldn’t be able to bend, twist, turn, or even move. Nature compromised and wrapped your spinal cord in rings of bone—vertebra (spinal bones). This way you can have movement AND protection.
Your vertebrae have discs between them to provide curves, and lots of muscles to provide movement. Your nerves exit between your bones through holes called foramina (Latin for ‘hole’) and from there your brain communicates with your organs, muscles, glands, immune cells, all your systems—and that makes you whole so you can function at your best.
Six Unexpected Benefits of Chiropractic Care
If you think chiropractic care is just for your neck or your back, you need to think again! Chiropractic treatment can benefit you in ways you might never expect. And while most people pop into their chiropractor’s office for the first time to relieve pain in their back or neck, they keep returning even after the pain is gone because of the amazing benefits. Here are just a few of the unexpected benefits of Chiropractic care:
Chiropractic Care Can Boost Your Immunity
A healthy immune system should be able to fight off most of the bacteria and viruses that it comes into contact with, with only minimal assistance from antibiotics or other drugs. Because the nervous system controls the functions of cells, organs, and tissues of the body, a misalignment can reduce the ability of the immune system. Chiropractic care can realign the spine, freeing up the immune system to fight off intruders. Studies show that people who practice chiropractic maintenance have fewer colds than others.
Chiropractic Adjustments Can Improve Your Digestion
The nerves that run through the spine also control your stomach and its functions. If the vertebrae in this area are improperly aligned, the nerves can begin signaling a need for more acid
production, resulting in gas, heartburn, and acid reflux. A chiropractic adjustment can help the nerves in the thoracic spine work properly; the end result is frequently the elimination of stomach problems.