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Posted on 03-19-2010

When I meet a new patient for the first time, 9 times out of ten, they are seeking relief from some type of back or neck pain.

Helping patients recover from injuries, reducing pain and restoring full mobility is certainly the primary purpose of chiropractic care, but the value of adjustments go far beyond the obvious.

The 24 vertebrae that comprise the spine serve a critical function-they protect the spinal cord, a series of nerve fibers sometimes referred to as the body's information superhighway. By correcting misalignments in the spine (which are often undetected by patients), pressure on these nerves is alleviated. The result is that the lungs, bladder and stomach work better because signals from the central nervous system to these organs flow more freely.

It's not surprising then that I have patients who have found relief from bedwetting, asthma and other respiratory illnesses and digestion problems through regular chiropractic adjustments.

The nerve fibers for the respiratory system are located in the upper part of the spine, between the shoulder blades. By focusing on this area and offering nutritional support like fish oils, I have patients, including many children, who no longer need their rescue inhalers, require fewer doctor's visits and, most notably, require fewer antibiotics.

Bedwetting is another childhood problem that can often be helped through chiropractic care. Traditional medical methods often do little to eliminate this troublesome condition that kids can suffer from well into their pre-teen years. Chiropractors, on the other hand, have learned that these kids share another thing in common: trouble spots in the same area of the body, primarily the lower back. Doctors believe that numerous falls on the behind so common among infant and toddlers may be the root of the minor spine problems that impact bladder functioning.

By reducing pressure on the nerves that lead to the bladder, muscular tone improves and greater bladder control can be achieved in many cases.

The same principles that improve lung functioning and the bladder hold true for the stomach and digestive system. When the nerve fibers that play a role in digestion work optimally (not compromised with pressure from the spine) and dietary changes are made, many patients get relief from heartburn, reflex and indigestion without the need for various prescription and over-the-counter medications.

It's important to note that chiropractors do not cure conditions. What we can do is to help the body heal itself. And THAT is the most powerful medicine of all.

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