Your spinal cord runs down through your spinal column. The spinal cord's nerves branch out through the openings between the vertebrae and connect to your organs, muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons and other parts of the body.
When a misalignment (subluxation) of the vertebrae occurs it places pressure on a spinal nerve and interferes with the nerves ability to transmit signals to and from the brain. This interference adversely effects the area of the body normally supplied by those nerves.
A subluxation can be caused by a fall, injury, sudden jar, trauma, or sometimes an inherited spinal weakness can displace a vertebra. Other causes include improper sleeping conditions or habits, poor posture, occupational hazards, incorrect lifting practices, obesity, lack of rest and exercise, and stress.
Doctors of Chiropractic are specialists in neuromusculoskeletal conditions. They are trained to restore the misaligned vertebrae to their proper position in the spinal column. They do this manually, utilizing the chiropractic procedure known as "spinal adjustment".