It’s bones isn’t it?
No…. Well, yes… And no. Let me explain. Lots of people, new to chiropractic, think it’s all about bones. Some will even have a whole system in their head that they’ve got from…somewhere, that says that chiropractors do bones, physios do muscles, osteopaths do joints ; as if there is some kind of delineation between them all ( bones, joints, muscles I mean, not between us, physios & osteopaths!). Your body is intricately connected and you can’t separate out one aspect from another like that.
Chiropractic is primarily interested in your nervous system. It’s this that runs the whole of your body. It’s the communication network and it sends messages to and from your brain, millions upon millions of them every second, through your spinal cord every second of every day. Your spinal cord is housed in your spinal column (the bones of your spine) and sends branches out to every tiny bit of your body. By keeping the bones of your spine moving and positioned properly, chiropractic keeps the nerves free of interference. This keeps your body working better, the messages to and from your brain can get through, and that helps you to be healthier. the nerves can be easily irritated – it takes only the weight of a 5p coin to significantly reduce the function of a nerve in 30 minutes. Sometimes it can be bone pressing on nerve but often it’s swelling and inflammation from strained tissues that causes the pressure. This nerve pressure may give rise to pain but it may only produce pins & needles, tingling, weakness or other odd sensations.
It’s part of what we call in chiropractic “The Big Idea”. Look for more articles in the future about the big idea. Like so many profound things it’s really quite simple and makes so much sense!
So it’s not (just) bones – it’s all of it. As to what’s most important? It’s your nervous system, and it’s that, more than anything, that we work on!
Till next time
Yours in health