The answer is yes! But how well?
The nervous system is in charge of directing and overlooking all bodily functions - keeping us alive and healthy, fighting off diseases and infections, and healing us after we have sustained injury.
The brain, spinal cord and nerves make up the nervous system, and (to simplify things) carry messages from the brain to the body. But in order for good quality directions to come from the brain, it must have good quality information carried back up about what is happening with your body. Too hot, too cold, injured, fight or flight… the brain needs to know.
Many people already know the spine gives support to the body and allows movement. Some are surprised to learn the spine plays a key role in protecting the nervous system.
The bones which make up the spine encase the spinal cord in a bony tunnel. Nerves peel away from the spinal cord at each vertebral level. They can exit to the body through openings at the side where two bones meet to form a joint. Because of the location, bulging spinal discs, vertebral joint problems, arthritic bony growths, or inflammatory biochemicals from nearby injured tissues can irritate or impinge upon the spinal nerve roots.
Some signals become only slightly altered while others may completely fail to reach their destination. If this process continues, those cells, tissues and organs which depend on the affected nerves for communication become less effective in performing their many important tasks.
This model of disease helps explain why so many patients under chiropractic care have noted improvements with some seemingly "non-spinal" conditions while under regular care. Note though, that chiropractic is not considered a treatment for these "non-spinal" conditions.
Chiropractors are expert doctors trained to detect and treat vertebral misalignments and fixations, as well as many other common spinal abnormalities which cause nerve irritation and interference. Get your spine checked by a chiropractor, and find out what’s been holding you back (pardon the pun).