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Dr. Edward J. Hartey

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Matamoras, Pa 18336

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By Edward Hartey, D.C. CCSP.

  The major premise of chiropractic health care is "Proper Structure Yields Proper Function." A chiropractor's primary contiguous components. To put it simply, a doctor of chiropractic is focused on allowing the body to function correctly by keeping the spine in proper alignment.

It is important to understand why the spine plays such a significant role in our health. The spine or spinal column, is comprised of twenty-four movable vertebrae that stack up on top of each other. The moveable bones of the spine allow freedom of motion, which when properly aligned, give us the ability to perform correctly- for example, when a football player makes a great catch or a ballerina dances with grace and perfection. Not only does the spinal column support the body and anchor its muscles, it also protects the spinal cord.

The brain and spinal cord make up the central nervous system or CNS. The CNS is the only system f the body that is completely encased by bone, that is, the skull and spinal column. The entire nervous system, central and peripheral, is comprised of the brain, which extends down to the spinal cord, which branches out to the spinal nerves and then out to all body parts. Gray's Anatomy tells us that the nervous system is the master controller of the body. It controls and coordinates all body functions. In other words, the order and organization of the communication integrate 250 trillion cells of the body into a fine tuned orchestration  of harmony, which allows the miraculous body to be at ease- ease meaning a "state of health."

Dorland's Medical Dictionary defines health as "a state of optimum physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of body has to be at ease and functioning correctly. Gray's Anatomy has told us that the nervous system keeps the body functioning, and we know the spinal column helps to protect the nervous system.

There are thirty-one pairs of spinal nerves that exit between the vertebrae of the spinal column. These nerves act as a kind of switchboard or electrical system, receiving and connecting millions of messages or impulses, from and to the brain, at unimaginable speeds of transmission. However, when the bones of the spine become misaligned, structural and functional integrity can be sacrificed. We can compare this to a building that has been constructed correctly. If the foundation is sound and stacked properly, the building has structural integrity.

Similarly, when the vertebrae of the spine shift out of position, the structural and functional integrity of the body can be compromised. This is termed a vertebral subluxation. The chiropractor defines these spinal subluxations as a shifting of bones in the spine from their normal positions, which may interfere with the messages or impulses being transmitted from the brain down the spinal cord and out over the spinal nerves that pass in between these bones. When these messages are interfered with, there is a lack of communication between the brain and body.

Now, you may wonder how the vertebrae shift out of their normal position or become subluxated: slips, falls, participating in sports, poor posture, daily stress, snow shoveling, wood cutting, carrying heavy objects, car accidents, work related injuries, lifting groceries out of the trunk of a car, and lifting a baby are just a few of the everyday activities that could cause these misalignments or subluxations. They can even be caused right from birth during the birthing process when the obstetrician grabs the baby's head and pulls to the shoulders. Many of us have been walking around from the time we were born with untreated subluxations. Of course, we may not feel the effects of these misalignments for some time, even years. However, these subluxations are causing interference to the nervous system. The body is unable to function correctly, and eventually it will begin to exhibit symptoms of ill health. These subluxations result in a lack of ease in our bodies or what the founder of chiropractic, D.D. Palmer, termed disease. He stated that if these subluxations were left untreated, this disease would eventually result in disease.

The Chiropractor's job is to determine where these subluxations are in the patient's spine and correct them by realigning the vertebrae or bones of the spine with an adjustment. Of course, most people know that chiropractors are "back doctors." They do a great job with backaches, neck pain, sports injuries, work related injuries, or accident related injuries. However, many people marvel when they find chiropractic adjustments may help relieve headaches, colds, sinus conditions, ulcers, asthma, and a myriad of other bodily diseases. Although patients may be astounded by these results, it is very simple to explain. If you were to walk into a dark room and were unable to see anything, you wouldn't try to correct this problem by removing or cutting out the darkness. You would simply turn on the lights. In a manner of speaking, that is what the chiropractic adjustment does.

The chiropractor uses different forms of adjusting to correct the misalignments or subluxations of the spine, removing the interference to the nervous system or 'electrical system,' allowing the body to function at its optimum level of health or ease. In other words, the chiropractic adjustment simply turns on the light. Therefore, not only can the adjustment help to relieve back and neck pain, as well as many other symptoms of disorder or disease in the body, it can also help to maintain better health by allowing the body to function correctly without any interferences.

Dr. Edward Hartey is a certified Chiropractic Sports Physician. He has had a family practice in Matamoras, Pa. for twenty-four years.