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Q: How does chiropractic care work?

Posted March 26, 2014 in Advice Column, Waukee

A: It may seem mysterious, but actually, chiropractic care is based on sound scientific principles. There are really four basic concepts that explain why chiropractic has become the foremost natural healing art.

The body heals itself. If your body is working properly, it is designed to self-heal and self-regulate for 100 years or more. The brain and nerve system act as the control and communications network in the body. The brain generates signals, and the nerve system carries the messages to all the body parts. Current research shows that the brain has stations not only in the head, but in the heart and the gut as well, all contributing to the control and communication of the body. Anything that disrupts or interferes with brain and nerve communication is bad. Stresses on the nerve system can be physical, chemical or emotional, and they all affect the brain and compromise function. Anything that relieves disruption or interference with brain communication is good. Examples are exercise, proper nutrition, sufficient sleep, meditation and, of course, chiropractic care.

These four ideas explain how chiropractic works. Chiropractic adjustments, as well as other constructive lifestyle decisions, reduce brain stress and improve overall body function, including healing from health problems of all kinds. Your doctor of chiropractic can advise you and your family on the condition of your brain and nerve system, so it pays to include safe, natural chiropractic care in your health and wellness strategy.

Information provided by Dr. Paul Kerkhoff, Kerkhoff Chiropractic, 260 Highway 6, 987-4747.





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