Chiropractors are typically labelled as people who deal with bad backs. However, chiropractors deal with the whole body from head to toe. The reason for this is that problems in any part of the body can have an association with the spine. For example, if you have a knee problem, it may be because your spine is rotated and pelvis tilted which will cause the knee to twist also in compensation. If a joint is not functioning correctly, this swill often cause abnormal movement and inflammation in the joint. Chiropractors call these ‘subluxations‘. Over time, if these subluxations are left unchecked, joint degeneration can occur whereby cartilage or discs become damaged.
As well as dealing with structural issues, chiropractors look to optimise the function of the nervous system by making adjustments to the spine that clear interference of nerve output. Sciatica is a common example of this.
About your spine
The spine has 24 movable vertebrae of the neck, mid back and lower back. The base of the spine known as the sacrum is made up of 5 fused vertebrae. The sacrum is where the spine joins the lower body at the pelvis.
Between each of the movable vertebrae we have an intervertebral disc. These discs act as shock absorbers to help distribute force through the spine and allow space for the spinal nerves to exit from the spinal cord.
The spinal cord is the connection between our brain and every cell, organ and tissue of the body.
Our nervous system controls all of our body’s functions and movements, with the spinal cord acting as the super highway for this information. The spinal column protects the spinal cord and so allows the free flow of information, therefore it is essential to keep the spine healthy and moving well, allowing the nervous system to function optimally.