The body possesses a unique internal wisdom that continually strives to maintain it in a state of good health. It is this innate, instinctive intelligence which controls our heart rate, blood
pressure, adrenaline production, and other vital bodily functions. It is also the guiding force which allows our body to adapt naturally to the influences of internal and external environment.
To a great extent, the ability of the body to maintain good health is dependent on its ability to adapt to the environment. Ensuring this capability is one of nature's most remarkable communication
networks: the nervous system, comprised of the brain, the spine, and the nerves.
The brain sends mental impulses to each of the more than 100 trillion cells in the body, instructing them how to function properly. At the same time, each part of the body is sending the
brain information based on its internal and external environment at that moment. As the brain receives and processes this information, it sends out revised commands so that the body will
adequately respond to its surroundings and maintain the optimum level of good health.
These mental impulses are transmitted to and from the brain via nerves passing through the spine. Vertebra in the spine can, and frequently do, lose their motion and interfere with the body's natural
communication process. These malfunctioning vertebrae, called vertebral subluxations, cause messages transmitted over the spine to become garbled, modified, or diminished. As a result, the
body's response is inadequate to adapt properly.
As the natural ability to adapt and respond to its environment is reduced, the body's ability to respond to challenges to its health is likewise reduced and poor health results.
Chiropractic seeks to identify and analyze vertebral subluxations. Whenever possible, the doctor of chiropractic re-opens the body's natural
communication network by adjusting these vertebral subluxations. With nerve function improved, bodily processes are permitted to become more normal,
and the body is better able to return to its natural state, striving toward good health. Any symptoms associated with the vertebral subluxations will diminish over time.
Chiropractic's concern then, is with the correction of vertebral subluxations. Its aim is to ensure that the body's natural health-ensuring processes are
allowed to function without nerve interference due to subluxated vertebrae.
As a philosophy, chiropractic recognizes that the body has a natural ability to express its health potential to the fullest.
As a science, it deals with the relationship between the spinal segments and the nerve system, and the effect this relationship has on the body's innate ability to express and maintain its good health.
As an art, it entails knowledge, skill and dexterity to locate and correct vertebral subluxations that can rob the body of the ability to maintain its own health.