By Susan Donald, DC HOW does chiropractic heal me? I am asked that question often. In order to understand how chiropractic can help to relieve a certain condition, it is important to get a better understanding of how the body works. We know that the body's information and communication system is primarily the nervous system. It is along the nervous system that the body sends messages to every cell in the body in regards to normal function, metabolism and reproduction. The body has intelligence that is far beyond any doctors' understanding at this point. In chiropractic, we call this intelligence "innate intelligence". It is your innate intelligence which controls your body's normal functions, like your heart rate and liver function. It is also your innate intelligence that caused you to develop from two cells to the over four trillion cells you are today. Chiropractic philosophy is based on the fact that the innate intelligence that creates the body has far more knowledge than any doctor. This wisdom of the body can and does work wonders if it is not interfered with. But there is a condition known as a vertebral subluxation that can interfere with the body. The subluxation interferes with normal nerve function which results in decreased ability for the brain to communicate properly with the body. This could eventually result in some sort of condition or symptom. When you suffer from a vertebral subluxation, your natural healing ability is lessened, your resistance is lowered and you can get sick. A chiropractors' job is to reduce the interference that is caused by the subluxation. This is done by adjusting the spine to return normal function to the nervous system. You cannot be truly healthy, reach your full potential or achieve your greatest healing ability if your have pressure on your nervous system. There are of course a number of factors that influence your healing ability: diet, exercise, stress, age, to name a few. However, if you have a condition or symptom that has not responded to traditional or other forms of treatment, remember that you have not tried everything to get better until you have tried chiropractic. The job of any doctor should be to raise the patients' natural innate healing ability to its highest efficiency. * For more information contact Dr Susan Donald at Life Chiropractic Centre, 3932774.