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.
For Your Health,
Dr. Scott Van Dam