Understanding Chiropractic


Chiropractic is a system of health care that seeks to restore and maintain optimal health for the lifetime of the person.  There are 2 main components to the Chiropractic approach to health. 

The Structural Component

The first one is the structural component.  With this, research has shown that proper posture and proper alignment of the spinal bones will enable your spine to stay strong, flexible, and healthy throughout a person’s life.  That means that it’s possible to never have neck and back problems, even in old age!  However, when a person does develop poor posture, or when a spinal bone shifts out of alignment through a minor or major trauma, that person will begin a degeneration process that slowly breaks down their spine until it becomes weak, stiff, and unhealthy.  In that process of degeneration people will experience symptoms of neck and back pain, and will have various disorders such as:

  • muscle spasms
  • lack of proper range of motion
  • stiffness
  • achiness
  • weakness                                                                      Schmerzende Wirbelsäule
  • discomfort in their spinal joints
  • disc herniations
  • numbness
  • tingling
  • and even burning sensations.

These are all signals from you body that tissue is breaking down.  The ligaments, tendons, joint surfaces, discs, and even the bones themselves all begin to break down and degenerate when a misalignment occurs.  Even a slight misalignment in the spine will cause some degree of fixation in that area.  This means that those spinal bones in those areas become stuck together and lose their proper range of motion.  Chiropractors release these fixations to help stop that degeneration process so the spine can maintain its proper health throughout your lifetime.

The Nervous System Component

The second component of Chiropractic’s approach to health is the Nervous System component.  The nervous system consists of the brain, spinal cord, and the billion nerves that exit from your spine out to all the parts of your body.  Your nervous system is the most important system in your whole body.  In fact, your nervous system controls and coordinates every other system, organ, tissue, and even cell in your body.  It is also the whole communication network for your body.  The only way that your body knows how to heal a cut on your foot, a bruise on your leg, and an infection in your kidney, all at the same time is through the communication network of your nervous system.  Your immune system has no ability to locate and eliminate intruders or cancer cells without the communication that it receives from the nervous system.  It is absolutely vital to your health to have a fully functioning nervous system that is completely free of interference.  Any interference to any part of the nervous system will disrupt its signals and decrease your health.  The most common way that nerve signals are interfered with is when a spinal bone misaligns.    Every nerve that goes out to your body from the brain needs to travel through the spinal column and exit out between the spinal bones to specific areas of your body.  When a spinal bone misaligns it will cause abnormal pressure on those nerves and interfere with the transmission Nervensystem Des Menschenof those signals, and this results in a decrease in health.  Some of the symptoms of this nerve interference are:

  • muscle weakness
  • tingling
  • numbness
  • burning
  • low energy levels
  • weak immune function (chronic sickness)
  • organ malfunction
  • slow or incomplete healing from injuries

Chiropractors are trained to locate misaligned spinal bones that are interfering with the nervous system and restore them in a safe and gentle way back to their proper alignment.  While Chiropractors never claim to heal disease or disorders, there are thousands upon thousands of testimonials of people who have had all sorts of recoveries from the above conditions through Chiropractic care.  This is because your body knows how to heal itself and how to stay healthy, and it almost always will as long as it has the right tools and is not interfered with.

By keeping your spinal bones in their proper alignment and through maintaining proper posture, Chiropractors assist your body in restoring and maintaining optimal health throughout your lifetime.


Call Life Performance Chiropractic today to schedule an appointment and help enable your body to function at its optimal health!