The basic concept of chiropractic begins with a basic biomechanical principle of physics. Every engineer knows the importance of a proper foundation in constructing a building. A proper foundation will insure durability and a long life. If there is a shift in the foundation, this can cause problems for the entire structure.
Your body's foundation is formed by the hips and the pelvis. When these are level, there is greater chance the rest of the spine will be stable. If there has been damage to this foundation, there will be structural damage due to the misalignment of the foundation.
This is just like an earthquake happening to the foundation of your house. There could be a major earthquake (a major fall, injury to your spine) or a series of small earthquakes over a long period of time (bad posture over time). These misalignments can cause pressure on the discs that separate the vertebrae.
We are generally able to cope with these jolts to the spinal column without assistance but sometimes there will be enough structural damage to warrant help. That's where chiropractic comes in.
Chiropractors call this condition of a misaligned vertebrae a SUBLUXATION when it results in the pinching or compressing of the nerves that run through the spine. These compressed nerves can become inflamed and impede the proper transmission of impulses to the section of the body controlled by these nerves. A seemingly endless list of ailments and pain may be brought about by these subluxations.
The ability to recognize and correct these misalignments is the key to getting help from a chiropractor. A method I use is called Gonstead, but that is only one method. There are others. Regardless of what method is used, finding these subluxations is the most important part of helping you get improvement.