The Chiropractic View of Health

Chiropractic may very well be one of the least understood philosophies of life and health.  It is based upon a few very simple ideas.

The body is designed with an inborn ability to maintain itself in a state of proper function.

A newborn baby may seem small, fragile and helpless, but within that body is the ability to make food into living tissue, to heal cuts and bruises, to adapt to changes in the environment, to produce the chemicals necessary to perform every bodily function, to fight off invading organisms, to live to as much as 100 years or more years. In short, to lead a healthy, productive life.

The brain and nerve system are the primary tools by which we attain proper function, what we commonly call “HEALTH”.

Every organ, gland and cell in the body depends upon messages carried to and from the brain in order to function in a coordinated manner so that each part can benefit the whole of the body producing a full and abundant life.

Interference in the nerve system reduces the body's ability to function in a coordinated manner.

While a corpse has a brain and nerve system, it does not have life, there is no power or energy flowing over the nerve system. 

A spinal misalignment that interferes with the nerve system creates a reduction in coordinated function.

Slight misalignments of the bones of the spine caused by everyday, common activities can interfere with the ability of the nerve system to carry messages that are necessary for the successful accomplishment of those everyday activities, not the least of which is the attainment of maximum health.

Chiropractors aim to restore coordinated function.


What is chiropractic? Dr Virgil V. Strang's definition

Chiropractic is that clinical science that is based upon a law of biology that states that inborn into all living things is the ability to be well.

It draws on the theory of physiology stating that the nervous system (consisting of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves and special sensory organs) controls and co-ordinates all other organs and structures in the body and relates it to its environment.

Chiropractic clinical science further hypothesises an association between this governing system, the nervous system, and the existence of health in the body.


The Vital Relationship between the Spinal Column and Nervous System

A Healthy Spine:

  • Normal spinal curvatures.
  • No stress on the intervertebral foramina.
  • Proper spinal nerve integrity.
  • Even pressure on discs.
  • Better flexibility and muscle tone.
  • Dynamic diaphragmatic muscles for proper breathing.
  • Proper abdominal and lower spinal muscle balance.
  • Better adaptation to gravity and stress.

An Unhealthy Spine:

  • Distorted spinal curvatures.
  • Closing off of the intervertebral foramina.
  • Compromised neurobiological functions.
  • Uneven pressure on discs.
  • Lack of mobility and unbalanced muscle tone.
  • Loss of diaphragmatic muscle strength and even respiratory rate and rhythm.
  • Lack of abdominal and spinal muscle balance.