The nervous system is the one system in the body that directly affects every other system. Nerves conduct sensory information from every part of the body and deliver this information to the brain. Once there, the brain analyzes information to determine what the body needs to maintain a healthy state. So the health of this system is paramount to the good health of the rest of the body.

Chiropractors recognize that misalignment in the spine can interfere with proper nervous system function. More specifically, chiropractors study the effects of vertebral subluxations – conditions of the spine where alignment and/or movement patterns of the vertebrae are abnormal. When this occurs, imbalances cause irritation and inflammation. In turn this can cause interference with information transmitted along nerves and spinal cord. Chiropractors are the only health care professionals specifically trained to locate and correct spinal subluxations.

For decades, scientific research has focused on the use of chiropractic adjustments for low back pain, neck pain and headaches. In fact, there is now clear evidence to recommend chiropractors as the go-to professionals for spinal pain syndromes. However, with the rising popularity of wellness- based philosophies focused on nontraditional approaches to health, chiropractors are being asked to justify their role.

Research is catching up to what chiropractors have known for years. In a recent study that reviewed all available research to date, investigators found that chiropractic adjustments, often for the purpose of correcting vertebral subluxation, confer measurable health benefits to people, regardless of the presence or absence of symptoms. More people are seeking what chiropractic offers: Optimization of health and an improved quality of life, with a spine free of vertebral subluxations.

Dr. Andrea Hornstein owns and operates Hornstein Family Chiropractic in Wahpeton

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