Why does anyone need chiropractic care? This is a question that I have heard easily more than a thousand times since starting in practice back in 2006. I absolutely love it when people ask it because they have no idea what they are about to walk into. Especially with my serious face and somewhat intimidating disposition it is highly unlikely that I am going to throw my arms up and say, “Well you know, that’s a great question. I’m not really sure?”
So why does someone need chiropractic care? What if someone doesn’t have any pain, do they still need chiropractic care? Both great questions and here are the answers. Bear with me while I briefly explain a little bit of the science…the interesting stuff will begin in the next paragraph. The spinal column houses the spinal cord which gives rise to the spinal nerve roots. There are 31 pairs of these spinal nerve roots: 8 in the cervical spine (neck), 12 in thoracic spine (middle back), 5 in lumbar spine (low back), 5 sacral, and 1 coccygeal. Each one of these spinal nerve roots has a specific job to feed various muscle groups, organs, glands. In addition to carrying messages out to muscle groups, organs, and glands; these spinal nerve roots also carry messages back to the spinal cord and up to the brain.
Now that I have shared that with you, I would like for you to take a moment and visualize a tree from the roots upward all the way out to the limbs. We will call this your “tree of life.” At the bottom is a root system which is responsible for delivering many of the nutrients and water from the soil which we will liken to the brain. From the roots we will visualize the trunk and the tree carrying all of the key life-giving components upward and outward; this could be compared to the spinal cord. Lastly, and by now I would imagine you can see where I am going with this, the branches and the leaves represent the 31 pairs of spinal nerve roots I mentioned earlier. Now that you have this picture in your head imagine if there was a disturbance in the root system, the soil around the root system had contaminants in it, if the tree had a mechanical restriction around it, or if the branches and leaves never saw sunlight. Do you think the tree would thrive? Would it grow to it’s full maturation?
I think we would all agree that the answer is no, the tree would not thrive nor would it reach its full maturation, and the spine is very similar. The only difference is that spine is much more sensitive to disturbances in its functionality. How sensitive? Well, studies have shown that it only takes the weight of a dime to alter the normal function of a nerve pathway. Take a dime out of pocket right now and hold it on the tip of your index finger…I’ll wait. Now that you have the dime balanced on the tip of your finger, can you even feel it? What would happen if that specific nerve went to your heart or lungs? Potential heart trouble, heart rate variability, periodic arrhythmias, respiratory problems, asthma, or repeat respiratory infections?
Knowing what you now know, I will pose the same questions back to you. Why does anyone need chiropractic care? What if someone doesn’t have any pain, do they still need chiropractic care? I think you know the answer. Give us a call today at Taylor Family Chiropractic (214) 387-7883 so that we can make sure that your “tree of life” reaches full maturation.
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