Chiropractic treatment is based on the premise that the relationship between structure and function in the human body is a significant health factor and that such relationships between the spinal column and the nervous system are the most significant since the normal transmission and expression of nerve energy are essential to the restoration and maintenance of health.
Misalignment of the vertebrae, also known as “vertebral subluxation,” causes a disruption of the nerve flow coming from the brain and traveling down one or more of the 31 pairs of nerves branching from the spinal cord. These nerve branches continue to the various organs and muscles of the body and regulate their function. Any pressure on these nerve roots cause dysfunction in the corresponding organs or muscles.
Chiropractic manipulation (called an adjustment) removes this nerve irritation by allowing the vertebrae to move freely.
Chiropractic theory holds that the body is able to heal itself when normal nerve transmission is restored.