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Most people think of chiropractors as bone doctors that specialize in back and neck problems.  While chiropractic is often very helpful in alleviating back and neck pain, that characterization of chiropractic is way off the mark.

Chiropractors are not bone doctors; they are nerve doctors.  That is, chiropractors locate spinal misalignments (called subluxations) that cause nerve interference and they correct those subluxations through chiropractic adjustments.  The result is that optimal nervous system function is restored.  And since everything we experience or express in our lives is processed through the nervous system, our quality of life is improved when we have a properly functioning nervous system; it is impaired when we have nerve interference.

Think of it this way.  When you cut your finger, does the band-aid heal the wound?  No, your body heals it all by itself.  The body is self-healing.  When you eat your lunch, do you have to concentrate on making sure your body digests the food properly?  Do you have to think about taking a breath when you need oxygen?  No, your body does those things all by itself.  The body is self-regulating.

We take these things for granted, but when you think about it, it’s pretty amazing isn’t it – that the body has an innate ability to self-heal and self-regulate. 

What is the master controller system of the body?  Circulatory? Digestive? Respiratory?  Nope. It’s the nervous system.   

That’s why getting your spine and nervous system checked regularly by a chiropractor is so important to our health and quality of life.   So that we can live our lives with a properly functioning nervous system. 

How do you know when you have nerve interference?  In most cases, you don’t.  It could take years of nerve interference before the symptom appears.  But lack of a symptom does not mean lack of sickness in the body. 

How do you get subluxations?  Stress.  Physical, biochemical, and emotional stress.  In other words, how we treat our bodies, what we put in our bodies, and what’s on our minds can all cause spinal misalignments that in turn cause nerve interference and a decreased quality of life. 

So living the chiropractic lifestyle not only means getting regular chiropractic care but also exercising regularly, putting the right things in our bodies (healthy foods, drinks and supplements), limiting the wrong things we put in our bodies (junk food, nicotine, alcohol, prescription drugs, illegal drugs), and working on our emotional wellness and mindset.  

Yes, all of this is easier said than done.  But our lives can be hard-easy, or they can be easy-hard.  It’s up to all of us to choose which path to travel.