I like to use the example of an apple tree with my patients to describe the importance of the spine and how it’s considered the “life flow” of the human body. When that life flow is interrupted by compression on the nerves it causes dysfunction.
Chiropractic adjustments are done to remove the compression or interference and allow the body to function, grow and heal properly on its own. FYI, the body is self-healing.
Imagine that your spine is a big apple tree.
The roots of the tree represent the most important part of the tree, your brain. Without the roots the tree dies and the creation of a new tree starts with the roots. In the human body, the brain and spinal cord are the first things created and from there the rest of the body is formed.
Furthermore, the trunk of the tree represents your spinal cord down your back. When there is damage to the trunk, the results are usually permanent which is very similar as in the spinal cord. Many times I’ve seen symbols of love drawn on trees from lovebirds who decided to share their love with the world.
Fact is, you can come back to that same tree 10 years from today and that same carving is still there. If there is enough damage to the spinal cord, as in the case of Christopher Reeves. The true Superman became paralyzed due to a spinal cord injury.
The nerves in your body are just like branches in a tree.
They branch off from the trunk and stretch in different directions. Just like a branch, your nerves are the most vulnerable. Tree branches are cut, broken, bent, sometime sat on and on climbed. Nerves of the body are often compressed by misaligned vertebra which causes interference.
Last but not least the apples represent the organs of the body such as the heart, lungs, stomach, kidneys, just to name a few. When there is compression to the spinal cord or spinal nerves it causes dysfunction to the organs.
Your nerves supply your body’s communication channels
The nerves supply the bridge of communication to the organs and tell them how to heal, how to work, when the heart should beat, when the lungs should breathe, when the stomach should digest, what is hot, what is cold, look here, step there, and on and on. If that communication is disrupted how will your body or “life flow” function at 100%? The answer is “it doesn’t.”
If you notice, the American Medical System usually focuses on examining and treating the rotten apples instead of figuring out why the apples are rotting in the first place. They’ve started cutting off the rotting part of the apple and saying “it’s healed”, they’ve created fake apple pieces and glued them to the apple to make them look appealing, and the most popular is poisoning the apple, filling them with medications that makes the apple feel and appear healthy.
Why not first examine to see why there is pain and symptoms, locate where it’s coming from and fix the problem instead of masking the problem. My solution is to find a chiropractor, get evaluated and get to the “root” of the problem.