Contrary to what most people think, adjustments are not just for pain. Misalignments of the vertebra or bones in your spine can occur with normal activities of daily living. When experiencing pain, this is your body’s warning signal going off that it is in distress, similar to your check engine light coming on in your vehicle.
Within the spine, there are 24 moveable vertebrae as well as 8-9 vertebrae (the sacrum and coccyx) that fuse later in life and are considered non-moveable in the adult spine. These vertebrae also serve the purpose of providing bony protection for the delicate nerves of the spinal cord.
At every vertebral level, pairs of nerves separate off like branches off a tree trunk and travel to all the cells, tissues, and organs of the body carrying messages from the brain. Like a water hose, if you pinch it off at the source of the hose, water will not get all the way to the end. If there is a problem at the brain or vertebral level of the spinal cord, the message cannot effectively get to where it is supposed to go. This can result in a decline in health as well as negatively impact the body. This misalignment affecting the nerve flow and function is called a subluxation. With chiropractic care, we can restore the proper motion in the vertebra to remove the pressure off the nerve.