vertebral subluxation complex
To perform at your peak, your brain must both send and receive signals to and from your body via these exiting spinal nerves. Many everyday activities can cause these spinal bones to lose their normal position or motion. This can cause an interference with the messages meant to be sent to and from your brain, resulting in nervous system dysfunction or a vertebral subluxation complex (VSC) which may present as pain, poor performance, or ill health.
Abnormal motion or positioning of the vertebrae (known as the vertebral subluxation complex or VSC) can compromise this space and create nerve irritations or nerve interference.
The nerve will still supply the muscle or organ, however, the quality of the nerve transmission is affected. Think of a VSC like a dimmer switch on lights. If the dimmer is turned down, the lights are still on, but at a decreased intensity. If it is turned up too high for too long, the light bulb may burn out prematurely. Therefore, the muscle or organ still receives the nerve impulse; however its optimal function is altered.
This helps to explain why, for example, when a VSC exists in the upper back region, an individual can experience the condition known as asthma - because the nerves in this region go to the small air tubes in our lungs called bronchioles.
With the science and knowledge of the aforementioned make-up and functioning of the human body, Chiropractors apply this principle in aiding you to be better able to deal with the stresses of daily life, and heal naturally. Based on the scientific fact that our nervous system controls or influences the function of every cell in our body, any interference to the nervous system (VSC) will effect how the nervous system relates to the cells to which it travels and may result in decreased health, performance and well-being.
The term “Chiropractic” comes from the Greek words “cheiro and praktikos” meaning “done by hand”. Chiropractic adjustments alleviate nerve irritation, which liberates the innate healing abilities of the body, and allows a fuller expression of personal potential.
The Chiropractic model of health is centered on the philosophy that the human body, being knit together in a wonderful way, will heal itself given the opportunity and circumstances. Chiropractors essentially promote the healing process by minimizing nerve interference.