Dr. Joshua Ledbetter, D.C.Zephyrhills Chiropractor
Hint: It's not about pain relief; it's all about the nervous system.
You have a brain. If you didn’t, you wouldn’t be alive.
The brain controls everything! It is your life. It tells the heart to beat, it tells your lungs to breathe, it controls how much and when to produce hormones, blood cells, growth cells, fat cells, when to blink, when to talk, what to say, how to learn, how to feel, when to feel pain, how to walk... You get the point, YOUR BRAIN DOES EVERYTHING!
How does your brain communicate with the rest of the body?
The brain connects to a superhighway called the spinal cord that then connects to a local system of wires called nerves. The nervous system, as it’s called, connects the brain to all of the organs, tissue, and bones of the entire body. The brain sends messages through the spinal cord and nerves using spinal fluid. It sends billions of signals every second throughout the body. Signals then get sent back to the brain at about the same rate.
What does the spine have to do with it?
The spine provides special protection to your spinal cord just like your skull provides protection to your brain. Your spine has a special curve, much like a spring, that supports you when you walk, run, and during other physical activity. But what happens when you fall, get hit, get into a car accident, sleep the wrong way, have bad posture and many other issues? Your spine loses that natural shape and can restrict the flow of spinal fluid through your spinal cord much like a kink in a garden hose. Those billions of messages your brain is trying to send through the spinal cord to the rest of the body will slow down, and your health can suffer from that. Your heart may have trouble beating, your hormones may not be producing correctly, you may have digestive problems, and, yes, you may experience pain.
Chiropractors love spines!
Their main goal is to get your spine back to its natural shape through a series of chiropractic adjustments and physical therapy. WHY? So you can operate your body at 100% of your potential. When the brain sends signals through the spinal cord to the rest of your body without “kinks in the hose”, you gain more energy, greater mobility and better function of your entire body.