How Chiropractic Works
Bob Richmond, DC
Newbury Park, CA
In order to understand how
chiropractic works, you must first understand how
your body works.
Do you know what controls all
activities within your body?
How does your heart beat? How does
your stomach digest food? How do your lungs turn
oxygen into carbon dioxide? How does your body
create new cells?
What's making all this happen?
The Nervous System
The nervous system is the master
control system of the body. In the Gray's Anatomy
textbook it says, "The
nervous system controls and coordinates all organs
and structures of the human body."
The nervous system is made up of the
brain, spinal cord, and all of the nerves that
travel throughout the body.
The brain acts like the central
computer. It's the control center that gives your
body instructions of what to do.
For your body to be healthy and work
properly, your brain has to be able to communicate
with the rest of the body without any problems.
Your brain communicates with your
body through the nerves. Think of the nerves as the
communication lines between the brain and the rest
of the body.
As long as your brain can send
information to your body via these nerves without
any problems, your body will operate and function
However, if there is anything
interfering with the brain's ability to communicate
with the body, or the body's ability to communicate
with the brain, then there's going to be a
In other words, if something
interferes with the nerve pathways from the brain to
the body, then the body will start to malfunction.
There will be consequences. Your organs, tissues,
and structures will become unhealthy and with enough
time you will develop pain, symptoms, or other
serious health problems.
Let me give you an example.
Do you know who Christopher Reeve is?
Christopher Reeve was the actor who
played Superman in the movies.
Unfortunately he suffered a great
tragedy while doing a hobby he loved...riding
In May of 1995, it was during the
cross-country portion of such an event in Culpeper,
Virginia, that Reeve's Thoroughbred, Eastern
Express, balked at a rail jump, pitching his rider
forward. Reeve's hands were tangled in the horse's
bridle and he landed head first, fracturing the
uppermost vertebrae in his neck.
The injury to his spine had caused so
much trauma to the spinal cord and spinal nerves
that he instantly became paralyzed. Later, the
doctors determined that Reeve's brain was working
perfectly...it just wasn't able to send information
to or receive information from the rest of the body
because of the damage to the spinal cord.
Do you see what happens when the
brain is unable to communicate with the rest of the
body? I've shown you that if the nerve pathway is
damaged badly enough it can cause paralysis, but
what else can it cause?
When adults have nerve interference,
it can cause back pain, neck pain, headaches,
stomach trouble, fatigue, depression, muscle spasm
and tension, numbness, tingling, loss of strength,
loss of flexibility, and the list goes on. It can
cause hundreds of symptoms and areas of malfunction
in the body.
In kids when there's a problem with
the nerve pathways it can cause ear infections,
colic, bedwetting, reflux, fatigue, and pain to name
As soon as
there's interference to the nerve "communication" pathways, the body will
It's important that you know that you
could feel great and not even be aware that your
body is malfunctioning. Almost every disease or
health problem in the body always starts off
There are people who have been given
a clean bill of health at the doctor's office and
have died of a fatal heart attack a week later.
Malfunction in the body starts off
painless. Don't assume that just because you
feel good you or a loved one doesn't have
interference to your nerve system. After all,
cavities start out painless. Cancer starts out
painless. Spinal problems start out painless.
So How Does Chiropractic Work?
The goal of chiropractic care is to
restore health to the spine, muscles, and nervous
system. If your spine is causing interference
to your nervous system, your body will immediately
start to malfunction.
important to keep your spine as healthy as possible
because any irritation or interference to your
spinal cord or spinal nerves will negatively affect