The roots of chiropractic reach all the way back to the beginning of recorded time. Chinese and Greek writings and drawings dating back as far as 2700 B.C. depict the maneuvering of the lower body to provide low back pain relief. The word chiropractic comes from the Greek word chiropraktikos or to practice by hand.Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, advised sometime between 460 and 357 B.C., to get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases.
Chiropractic is the health care field dedicated to detecting and correcting misalignments of the spine, or subluxations, in order to reduce or eliminate nerve interference and its negative effect on health. The word subluxation can be broken down to sub meaning less or below, tion meaning the presence of, and lux meaning divine or enlightenment. In essence, the word subluxation translates to expressing less enlightenment, or less innate intelligence. This offers a clue as to why people suffer spiritually when there is physical interference to their nervous system. Simply put, the physical and spiritual realms are intricately intertwined.
Anatomically, the spinal cord gives rise to spinal nerves that branch out to form a complex nerve network carrying information from the brain and spinal cord, the Central Nervous System, to all the cells, tissues, organs and systems of the body. Likewise, information from the periphery is carried back to the brain for processing along this same nerve network. Housing and protecting the spinal cord is the bony spinal column. When spinal bones, or vertebrae, move out of alignment due to physical, chemical or emotional trauma, we say the spine is subluxated.The nerves that exit between these subluxated vertebrae become impinged, irritated or inflamed. A subluxation can potentially be painful and symptomatic, but not necessarily so. Symptomatic or not, subluxations always interfere with the function of the effected nerves, and thereby the muscles, joints and organs these nerves regulate.
Chiropractors have always maintained that the body needs no help, just no interference. The interference referred to is the interference to health caused by spinal subluxation. Whether by hand or instrument, the correction of subluxations is called a chiropractic adjustment, and it is always performed to reduce nerve interference and reestablish proper nerve flow. Restoring nerve function allows the body to feel and function at its best. Perhaps Dr. Joe Borio, D.C., said it best when he stated that the objective of the chiropractic adjustment is, To remove interference from innate intelligence, allowing every precious flicker of thought and signal to reach each cell-with the sole purpose of manifesting pure, illuminated life! A subluxation-free being vibrates at a higher frequency, experiencing a greater level of physical, mental and social well being. Enjoy better health, on every level, through chiropractic!