Chiropractic is based on the idea of removing imbalances both structural and postural in an effort to allow our body to function optimally and heal itself. For this to happen, the network of nerves and signals from your brain must be allowed to flow freely without any interruption down the spinal cord and out into your peripheral nervous system. Chiropractors find and remove these interruptions or misalignments allowing the body to perform as it was meant to.
If you've ever been in a car accident, played a sport, fell down or just bumped into something too hard, it's very possible that you're not functioning at your best due to a spinal misalignment. Surprisingly, these types of macro-traumas constitute a relatively small percentage of chiropractic cases. It is far more common that smaller issues (micro-trauma) are repeated over a long time period and result in mechanical joint dysfunction. This could be having an anatomical leg-length discrepancy, having asymmetrical (foot) arch collapse, constantly sitting on a wallet, carrying a purse on only one shoulder, carrying a child with only one arm, etc. While there are many potential mechanical or structural causes for misalignment, there are also chemical reasons. For instance, if you smoke or drink excessively or have a poor diet, the chemical issues in your body can eventually cause underlying conditions and disease to appear. This can also translate into structural chiropractic problems.
Chiropractic is aimed at correcting such structural problems and addressing the various reasons they may have occurred in the first place. Finding and correcting the cause of health problems is our goal, rather than simply masking symptoms as a temporary fix.