Posted by: Dr. Paul Zemella - Santa Barbara Chiropractor | August 9, 2011

Wellness Chiropractors Maintain The Integrity Of The Spine & Nervous System.

Regular wellness chiropractor care maintains the integrity of the spine and nervous system to help prevent health problems. Chiropractic can also be a successful alternative to risky, invasive procedures.

Wellness Chiropractor is a health care discipline that is centered on the role of the spine and central nervous system in maintaining good health, and leveraging the recuperative power of the body to heal itself naturally and efficiently. The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (of the spine) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health.
Wellness Chiropractor identifies and corrects the causes of health challenges which arise when misalignments of the vertebrae (the small bones that make up the spine) disrupt neurological communications between your brain and the cells, tissues, and organs of the body.

Wellness Chiropractor correct these misalignments by gently adjusting the position of the vertebrae of the spine, reducing or eliminating neuropathy (changes in the pathology of the nerves) thus allowing your body to properly self-regulate, adapt and heal. Here you will find information on some of the more common ailments which can initially make one aware that there is a problem with their spine and/or nervous system. Learn more about these conditions and how they can be better managed and prevented with appropriate chiropractic care.

The ability to make informed health decisions that promote spinal health depends on understanding the spine and its important functions.

Our spine has three major regions: the cervical, the thoracic, and the lumbar spine. Below the lumbar region are the sacrum and coccyx bones, which are in the pelvic area. Each region of the spine has a unique, gradual curvature, and the overall S-curvature of the spine is specifically designed to maintain proper alignment of the body, allow for flexibility and movement, and provide protection for the spinal cord.

Our spine is comprised of 33 vertebrae. Twenty-four separate vertebrae are located in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar region, and nine vertebrae are fused together to form the sacrum and the coccyx. The vertebrae take slightly different forms and appearances along the length of the spine, but all have the same basic structures. Cushion-like discs separate the first 24 vertebrae bones, giving the spine the ability to flex and bend.

The vertebral column, spinal cord, and nervous system have specific and important functions.

The vertebral column serves five main functions:

Protects the spinal cord
Provides balance and stability for the body
Offers attachment points for the ribs, pelvic bones, and many muscles
Allows for flexibility and mobility
Supports the structure and weight of the body in various activities
The spinal cord is housed in and protected by the vertebral column. The spinal cord performs two main functions:

Connects the peripheral nervous system to the brain
Coordinates simple reflexes, such as sending a signal to pull your hand away from a hot object
The peripheral nervous system includes the nerves used for communication to and from the brain, spinal cord, and all other parts of the body, including the internal organs, muscles, skin, and blood vessels. There are 31 pairs of spinal nerves along the spinal cord that carry signals from the body to the brain.

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