To understand what a chiropractor does we must first understand how the human body functions and how disease is created.
The human body is made of cells, which come together to from tissues. Different types of tissues can come together to creates different organs. the collaboration of the function of different organs in the body create the body systems, like the circulatory systems, cardio vascular system, nervous system, musculoskeletal system, endocrine system. The harmonious functioning of all the body systems and organs create a healthy human body.
The coordination of the function of these system for maintaining the optimum health of a human organism is controlled by the nervous system making the brain the master organ in the body. much like a symphony conductor who controls and helps create harmony of the sounds created by different musical instruments which in the hands of a master conductor can create a masterpiece. So is the human body a masterpiece collected of different organs whose functions are harmonized and timed and controlled by the nervous system without the individual ever being aware of all the microscopic steps necessary to bring this perfect symphony about. If the harmonious function and cooperation and coordination of all the body parts had a sounds it would be called health.
The method this conduction takes place is by paths of communication called nerves that exist between the brain and all body parts. Making the spinal column the grand highway of the nervous system for housing the spinal cord in which the nerves travel through and can exit and enter at various levels or segments along the spinal column called vertebrae. So at each level exists an opening allowing the nerves to exit and enter called intervertebral foramen(opening). They function very similar to freeway on and off ramps, so are the problems that can occur. Since the vertebrae can move, they can rotate and slide slightly one on top of another to enable you to bend forward and back or to turn your neck or torso to the left or right. They are also capable of sliding back in place and held there through the help of muscles tendons and ligaments. However the information that makes them perform these functions come from the nerves and the brain. If over stressed through external or internal stressors such as mental and emotional reason or external physiological causes tension can occur forcing the vertebrae to move slightly beyond its physiological range of motion and become stuck there. This is called a subluxation.
When a subluxation occurs it can narrow the diameter of the intervertebral foramen and therefore possibly placing various degrees of pressure on the nerve root exiting or entering at that level, which as a result can possibly interfere with the function of that nerve that could be supplying information to an organ or vice versa from an organ to the brain. causing interruption in the function of that organ and therefore disrupting the harmonious function of the body parts and therefor disruption in the health of that human body. In the absence of health grows disease. Many believe this disruption (lack of communication between the body and the nervous system which embodies the bodies innate intelligence to be the beginning and source and cause of disease)
The function of a chiropractor is to help the body to re-establish that connection again by clearing the subluxation through touch and delivering a chiropractic adjustment. Kind of like clearing up the freeway on and off ramps to allow the backed up traffic to have a smooth flow again. Smooth flow of information between body parts is what creates that harmonious