Chiropractic come from the Greek words for “hand” and “to do.” Chiropractic is a system of health care based on the premise that the relationship between structure and function in the human body is a significant health factor. Such relationships between the spinal column and the nervous system are important because the normal transmission and expression of nerve energy are essential to the restoration and maintenance of health.
Most people have the misconception that a Doctor of Chiropractic “cracks the back”. There are 24 vertebrae in the spine, 7 cervical, 12 thoracic and 5 lumbar. Two vertebrae, the one above and the one below make up a joint. These joints are slightly movable and can subluxate or become “stuck” in either right or left rotation.
When an adjustment or manipulation is applied by a chiropractor to put motion back into that specific area often times there is a sound that is heard. This sound is gas being released from the joint space. People “crack” their knuckles and do not think they are breaking their fingers. This also does not cause arthritis, as many believe. There is nitrogen gas being released from the joint spaces. This is the same sound produced during a chiropractic adjustment.
The middle of your back, or your thoracic spine region, is where the nerve supply to the autonomic nervous system is located. The autonomic nervous system is responsible for the regulation of function of internal organs creating the adaptation to the needs of the moment and maintaining normal body environment. This is referred to as homeostasis.
This is only a brief explanation and example of why chiropractic treatment is utilized in the health and well being of an individual.
My personal opinion is that a combination of muscle therapy or medical massage and an adjustment allows for the optimal function of the neuromusculoskeletal health of an individual. This along with exercise and eating healthy, a person can live a better quality life.