The Back Bone is Connected to the, Well, Everything

How does the central nervous system workThe illustration on the left might look like a strange collection of wires and body parts but it shows how your internal organs are connected to your brain through nerves in your spine.

On the top is the brain, under it is a stack of bones called the spinal column and between the bones emit lots of nerves. At the end of the nerves are lots of organs.

So what does it do? The brain sends information to the organs and the organs send information to the brain. These nerve messages go back and forth through a vast communications cable made up of hundreds of millions of nerves: your spinal cord.

All these messages keep you alive, help you function in response to day-to-day stress and permit you to grow, love, heal and enjoy life.

You can’t see your spinal cord in this illustration because it’s encased in a protective boney canal called the spinal column made up of 23 bones called vertebrae. But you can see the vertebrae.

There’s a potential problem

For perfect protection your spinal cord could be surrounded by bone all around, just as your brain is protected by your skull or cranium. But if that were the case you wouldn’t be able to bend or twist or move.

So instead nature made a compromise and protected your spinal cord in rings of bone. These ring-shaped bones are your vertebrae (spinal bones) and when they line up they create a canal – the spinal canal.

Injuries, accidents and stress of all kinds can affect the shape of your spine and the position of your vertebrae. If your vertebrae are misaligned they may affect many nerves, glands, muscles and organs. This can cause pain, distortion, nerve stress, lowered resistance to disease, weakening of your body structure, loss of height and strength.

This misalignment of your spinal bones (vertebra) is called a subluxation.

Your chiropractor’s job is to make sure your vertebrae are all moving properly, and are in their proper position so that there is no nerve stress.

Using various tools (and years of specialized training) doctors of chiropractic can locate spinal nerve stress or subluxations and using their hands or various instruments realign the vertebrae and reduce spinal nerve pressure. This is called an adjustment.

Millions of people carry spinal nerve stress in their bodies and don’t know it. Do you or a loved one have this condition? Your chiropractor can find out with a simple spinal analysis. It could make the difference between a life of health and one of disease.

Darren Hart

Dr. Darren R. Hart was born and raised in Atascadero and received his education at Atascadero High School, Cal Poly, and Palmer College of Chiropractic. He was inspired to become a chiropractor after a life-saving chiropractic adjustment as a young child. He has been practicing in Atascadero for nearly 20 years. Through his gentle healing touch, Dr. Hart enjoys giving back to others what chiropractic gave to him.