Keeping a properly aligned spine and pelvis helps the nervous system function more effectively by taking pressure off the nerves and allowing muscles to relax.
Can you explain the connection between the spinal joints, the vertebrae, and the nervous system?
Dr. Scott Gardner: Yes. We know that the nervous system is the most important system in the body, and we know this for three reasons. Number one, it is the first system to develop. Number two, it controls every cell, tissue, and organ in our body, and third, it is completely surrounded and protected by bone, which is the spinal column. So, the better aligned the spinal column is, the better the nervous system can work.
What are some indicators that your spine and pelvis are not in proper alignment?
Dr. Scott Gardner: Some of the indicators that the spine and pelvis are not in proper alignment are poor posture, pain can also be a sign of that, but not always, chronic colds, feeling tired all the time, to name a few.
How do chiropractic adjustments help with improving alignment?
Dr. Scott Gardner: So the adjustments can create a level pelvis and spine that is really positioned the right way. When this is aligned properly, this really does take the pressure off of the nerves and allows the muscles to relax.
Is it true that a properly aligned spine can help improve someone’s sports performance?
Dr. Scott Gardner: Absolutely. One of my favorite quotes is that, “Structure determines function.” The stronger, more balanced a structure is, the better it will work. Back when Emmitt Smith broke Walter Payton’s all time rushing record, he said, “I want to thank my mom, God, and my chiropractor.”
How often should people get their spine checked and adjusted?
Dr. Scott Gardner: Everyone is different, but somewhere between once a week, every other week, to once a month, is usually a good maintenance program.
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