In a Nutshell
Chiropractic may very well be one of the least understood philosophies of life and health. It is based upon a few very simple ideas:
The body is designed with an inborn ability to maintain itself in a state of proper function. A newborn baby may seem small, fragile and helpless; but within that body is the ability to make food into living tissue, to heal cuts and bruises, to adapt to changes in the environment, to produce the chemicals necessary to perform every bodily function, to fight off invading organisms and to live for as long as 100 years or more. In short, to lead a healthy, productive life.
The brain and nervous system are the primary tools by which we attain proper function. We commonly call this "health". Every organ, gland and cell in the body depends upon messages carried to and from the brain in order to function in a coordinated manner. This is necessary in order that each part benefits from the whole body producing a full and abundant life.
Interference in the nerve system reduces the body's ability to function in a coordinated manner. While a corpse has a brain and nerve system, it does not have life; there is no power or energy flowing through the nervous system. Similarly, a paralyzed person loses function because of injury to the nervous system. Even slight damage to the delicate and vital nerve system can reduce the body's ability to function at its fullest potential.
A spinal misalignment that interferes with the nerve system (called a vertebral subluxation) creates a reduction in coordinated function. Slight misalignments of the bones of the spine caused by everyday, common activities can interfere with the ability of the nerve system to carry messages that are necessary for the successful accomplishment of those everyday activities, not least of which is the attainment of maximum health.
Chiropractors correct vertebral subluxations. The single objective of the chiropractor is to locate and correct vertebral subluxation in adults and children so that families and entire communities are able to express life at a higher level.