The body possesses an internal wisdom that strives to maintain a state of good health. This innate intelligence controls our heart rate, blood pressure, hormone production, immune system, and other vital bodily functions. It allows our body to maintain homeostasis: adapting to the influences of internal and external environment.
The nervous system controls the function of all of the body’s systems. The brain sends mental impulses to more that 100 trillion cells in the body, instructing them how to function properly. At the same time, each body part sends the brain information based on its surrounding environment. As the brain receives and processes this information, it sends out commands so the body will adequately respond to its surroundings and maintain the optimum level of good health. These impulses are transmitted between the brain and body through nerves passing through the spine.
Vertebrae in the spine can, and frequently do, lose their motion and interfere with the body’s natural communication process. The loss of spinal motion and consequent loss of function is called a vertebral subluxation. These subluxations cause the messages transmitted over the spine to become modified and diminished. As a result, the body’s response is inability to adapt. As the natural ability to adapt and respond to its environment is reduced, the body’s ability to respond to problems is reduced.