How does the spine work? Maybe you’d like to know before undergoing chiropractic care or maybe you’re just plain curious. Either way, we’ll make it simple for you. This will also help you gain a better perspective on the need for chiropractic care.
The human spine is a group of bones, ligaments, and nerve tissues. The spinal cord is located within and protected by the vertebral column and it is the link between the brain and the nerves in the rest of your body. It helps you to move, feel hot and cold temperature, as well as vibration and position sensations. Whenever you move any part of your body, messages travel from the brain down the spinal cord, to that moving part. Messages also are carried up the spinal cord to the brain to allow you to feel things. The spinal cord also plays a vital role in controlling blood pressure, heart rate, and body temperature.
The spine, or the vertebral column, is composed of a series of bones called vertebrae stacked one upon another, perfectly aligned to maintain a shape suitable for the spinal cord not to be compressed or violated. If there is any kind of misalignment, symptoms may appear like pain, an electric like sensation, weakness, and even paralysis.
This is where chiropractic comes in. The intention of a chiropractic adjustment is to affect or correct the alignment, motion and/or function of a vertebral joint, therefore restoring the integrity of the spinal cord itself, or its parts.
In addition to protection of the spinal cord, the vertebral column also has some other functions:
- It also supports and carries the weight of the body above the pelvis
- The vertebral column forms the central axis of the body too.
- As mentioned earlier, it has roles in both posture and movement as well.
So know that you have an idea how the human spine works, are you ready and to have your spine adjusted? We hope you enjoy your chiropractic experience! Do check out our America Top 10 listings of chiropractors in your area!