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What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is the analyzation, location, and correction of vertebral subluxations.
Only a chiropractor is qualified to do this job. There are some professions that mobilize the joints of the spine,
but none that know how to apply the art, science, and philosophy of a chiropractic adjustment…it is different.

Chiropractic is specific or it is nothing which means there is power in the specific adjustment of vertebral
subluxations and no power in non-specific spinal manipulation/mobilization.

To get further into this the term subluxations need to be defined. A subluxation is the misalignment of a
vertebra that puts pressure on the nervous system to the point of interference in the transmission of
information. Spoiler alert...that’s a bad thing.

Now that we know what chiropractic is and what a chiropractor does, why is it important?
The brain controls and coordinates everything the body does. This happens through the spinal cord and
all the nerves branching off the cord that go to every cell in the body. The brain sends out messages and
the body returns a “status report” and the brain makes adjustment from there. This isn’t something you
have to think about, it just happens. Imagine for a moment that the brain is sending signals to the liver
to perform tasks the liver should perform. Now imagine there is pressure on the nerves those signals are
traveling on that changes the information to “do things the kidneys should do”, in this example the
information is still getting to the liver but in a form that is unusable. This scenario is an example of how
vertebral subluxations make you less adaptable to your environment. If you are less adaptable to your
environment over time you are less and less healthy.

How do we know that pressure on the nerves changes the signal? Ever lean on your elbow long enough so
that your pinky and ring finger go numb? How about banging your funny bone on something?
Two different signals, right? That’s how different levels of interference change the signal differently.
One is an acute or quick accumulation of inflammation; the other is slower so you almost don’t realize it’s
happening until there is a symptom.

Doesn't it make sense that the body will function better when there is no interference in the
communication between brain and body?

Dr. Michael Tiso
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