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What is the True function of my spine?

Posted on May 12, 2010 at 8:13 PM

Have you ever wandered what your spinal cord is for and how much it really does affect?  Well many of us know what happens if there is a major spinal cord injury.  We learned this from Christopher Reeves, when he had a major fall and was paralyzed from the neck down.   The actual function of the spine is to house and protect the nervous system, which is made up of the brain, spinal cord and nerves.  As chiropractors we call this the Master Controller.  Why is that, it is because it controls all the other systems of the body.  The Immune system, digestive system, respiratory system, circulatory system, as well as sleep and body restoration is controlled by the Master controller or the Nervous system.  

Just some simple explanation of how it all works.  First the brain is like a large computer that sends signals down the spinal cord to the muscles, organs and glands by way of the nerves.  So in essence the spinal cord is like a large interstate that has lots of exits.  So at each level of the spine there are exit ramps so to say that take you to different muscles, organs and glands.

Now we get into the fun part of this blog, talking about what makes the spine not function correctly!  Well in the chiropractic world we refer to the minor traffic jams of the spine as Vertebral Subluxations.  They are just that, traffic jams.  Vertebral subluxation may occur when minor falls or traumas cause the small verebrae of the spine or pelvis to move out of alignment.  Think of the is as construction on the major highway.   When a vertebral subluxation occurs there is interference through the spinal column and to wherever the nerve that is affected is going to.  So take our road construction example, the traffic can flow but it may be slow at times and may not get you to your destination as quickly as you want to.

So what kind of symptoms can you expect from having a vertebral subluxation?   

Well that can vary. If the vertebral subluxation or the traffic jam of information from your brain is in the neck you may experience a range of symptoms from headaches to sinus trouble to ear infections, behavioral problems, thyroid issues and so much more.  If there are interferences in the lower back and pelvis you may experience trouble with digestion, pain in the legs and feet, and a general lack of energy.

Now I know this is a lot to take in, but I can tell you from experience of being a chiropractic patient for the last 22 years that when there is interference in my spine from vertebral subluxations I am definitely more vulnerable to changes in how I feel.  

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