Gray’s Anatomy states that every organ, system and function of the human body is under direct control of the central nervous system. Every medical, anatomical and health related text will confirm that the nervous system is the master control system of the human body, from conception through death, and every single function reflects its activity. Nerve impulses travel from your brain, down your spinal cord and out through nerves to all parts of your body, then return to your brain through return pathways. There are in excess of 100 billion neurons, or nerve cells in the human nervous system, and the number of possible interconnections between these cells is greater than the total number of electrons in the known universe. Now that is a lot! Recent research has clearly shown that even activity occurring at the cellular and molecular levels are controlled and coordinated by the nervous system. Communication between all biological levels (molecular, cellular, organ) is essential for the proper functioning of the system. And this communication process is essential to the homeostasis of your body.
“To understand health is to understand the central role of the brain and nervous system in maintaining the resistance of the body. Health maintenance is the primary function of the brain, not educational thoughts, language, poetry and other functions usually associated with the brain.”
-Robert Ornstein, PhD & David Sobel, MD The Healing Brain
Thalamic Neuron Theory
Your nervous system does much more than transmit sensory information to your brain, or control motor functions. In fact, it is involved in all disease conditions. Your nervous system actually controls your peripheral organs, including their bio molecular environment. Not only does it process incoming physical and chemical information from your body, but it actually controls your organs and cells to maintain health and homeostasis.
Disturbances to the nervous system are referred to in scientific literature by several names; dysponesis, nerve dysfunction, neuritis, nerve impingement, double crush phenomenon, and subluxation. The primary cause of this nerve interference is found in the spinal column. When your spine is in its proper position, it protects your nerve pathways. However, when spinal vertebra become misaligned or restricted, interference to your nerve impulse occurs, which reduces the overall function of your nervous system and of that particular organ. Subluxations, or Neuro-Structural Shifts, are often referred to as the “Silent Killer” because they can be present for long periods of time without any evidence of pain or symptoms. This is similar to a cavity eating away at a tooth long before a toothache occurs. Neuro-Structural Shifts irritate your nerves, which interferes with the flow of your nerve impulses. This reduces your body’s inherent natural healing ability. Neuro-Structural Shifts also alter the optimal structure of your spine, weakening it and increasing degeneration.
“Subluxation is very real. We have documented it to the extent that no one can dispute its existence. Vertebral subluxations change the entire health of the body by causing structural dysfunction of the spine and nerve interference. The weight of a dime on a spinal nerve will reduce nerve transmission by as much as sixty percent”
-Chang Ha Suh, PhD Spinal Biomechanics Expert University of Colorado
Any force the human body cannot adapt to, at any age can cause Neuro-Structural Shifts. Such examples include auto accidents, work related injuries, emotional stress, sports, repetitive movements such as poor ergonomics while typing or driving, and even the birth process. Chiropractic is a health care system that is rooted on the premise that a proper functioning nervous system is essential to overall health and function of the human body. Doctors of Chiropractic detect and correct vertebral subluxations by physically adjusting the spine. This restores the nervous system to an optimum level of function, which maximizes the body’s inherent healing potential. And who doesn't want that?
Doctors of Chiropractic have never claimed that they can “cure” illnesses and other related conditions, and not all health problems can be attributed to vertebral subluxations, but clinical and case study research has demonstrated that correcting these Neuro-Structural Shifts can lead to an improvement and restoration of health. Chiropractic adjustments restore normal nerve function; improve spinal biomechanics, range of motion, reflex arcs, and posture, all of which are essential to a properly functioning nervous system.
Records from insurance and court cases have constantly shown that chiropractic is the safest portal of entry health care available to the public today… that means you. There is a singular lack of actuarial data that would justify concluding that chiropractic care is in any way harmful or dangerous. And although no healthcare procedures are 100% safe, chiropractic stands on its record of safety and effectiveness unmatched in healthcare for children and adults. Chiropractic care is non-invasive, and therefore, the body's response to chiropractic care is far more predictable than its reactions to drug treatments or surgical procedures. The chiropractic adjustment is so safe and efficient as a procedure that is performed nearly one million times every working day in the United States. And of those nearly one million adjustments, complications are exceedingly rare. Most vertebral subluxations, like dental cavities are subclinical and don’t cause pain in the beginning stages. The only way to know that status of your spine and nervous system is by getting a chiropractic analysis. At Platinum Chiropractic, our analysis is very comprehensive because we have several objective measurements of the nervous system, and structural frame of the body.