is a way of physically aligning the joints of the spine and other skeletal
joints so that they function more smoothly. Skeletal joints are where two
bones come together so that the body can bend and move. As with any moving
parts, sometimes the joints get misaligned with each other and interrupt the
smooth movements of the body. This can cause quite a lot of pain initially,
and, over time, can cause the wearing and degeneration of the bone surfaces.
Misalignment in the spinal joints, especially, can
cause swelling and pain in the nerves as they come off of the spinal cord . This
is because the spinal cord is contained in the hollow portion of the spine
itself, and the nerves exit from the spinal cord through openings in the area of
each spinal joint. If the joint is malfunctioning, there is a good chance it can
cause the nerve next to it to malfunction, too. When the nerve tissue is
irritated, the nerves canít do the job of carrying impulses to and from the
bodyís organs, muscles and skin surfaces. The result is pain and/or numbness at
the skin surface, pain or aching in the muscles, and a decrease in the
functioning of the internal organs which are stimulated to do their jobs by the
nerves that connect to them.
Chiropractic therapy gently and quickly re-aligns
the joints of the spine, and other joints in the bodyís skeleton, so that the
bones are able to move in a natural way without causing irritation to the
nerves, muscles and other tissues around them. When all is working normally, the
body has a great capacity to heal itself. Pain and malfunction will be reversed
and the body will return to normal.