As you may already know, the nervous system is the master controller of all living cells, tissues and organs; orchestrating and coordinating all cellular functions. The spinal column encases the nervous system (spinal cord and nerve roots) and is responsible for its protection.
Because of this intimate relationship, biomechanical and structural problems in the spinal column can irritate parts of the enclosed nervous system. This irritation can result from noxious inflammatory biochemicals released during tissue injury or may result from direct mechanical pressure. In either case, the functioning of the nervous system is negatively influenced as is the functioning of the cells, tissues and organs which are supplied by the affected nerve(s).
The resulting ailment(s) depends on the cells, tissues and organs affected as well as the extent of nervous system compromise.
In short, because the body's innate recuperative powers are affected by and integrated through the nervous system, correcting spinal abnormalities which irritate the nervous system can lead to a number of favorable results in patients suffering from various, seemingly non-spinal health conditions.
On this page, you'll find links to informative articles and sites that can help you learn more about health and wellness through the lens of chiropractic, as well as information about organizations that we feel share our vision.
The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association is dedicated to furthering the spinal and nervous system wellness of kids all over the world.
Kids Health is the most-visited site on the Web for information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years.
General / Research:
Chiro.org is a great blog that publishes many articles on a wide variety of topics of interest to anyone concerned about their health as it relates to chiropractic.
The Association for the History of Chiropractic has good resources and publishes a journal dedicated to preserving the history of this storied profession.