It may have been a little while since you were in a biology class. You might have forgotten your basic knowledge of the human body. That’s okay. Your doctor of chiropractic is an excellent resource for any questions you may have about your neuro-musculoskeletal system. But if you want to go into your next chiropractic appointment a little more prepared, here are some of the answers you to the basic questions you may have.
What is your neuro-musculoskeletal system?
You know your body is made up of bones, muscles, organs, and other tissues. The neuro-musculoskeletal system is the bones, muscles, nerves and other tissues that work together so that you can move.
What do your bones do?
Your bones are the framework for your muscles. The hard part of the bones that you can feel is called the compact bone and it provides your body with structure. Inside the bone is spongy bone, which keeps your bones light enough to move.
What are the skeletal muscles?
Your muscles make up nearly 40% of your total weight. Skeletal muscles are ones that you can control. They are attached to bones by tendons, cartilage or ligaments. They help you maintain posture, support your soft tissues like your internal organs, maintain body temperature and let you move your body.
What is cartilage?
Cartilage is an essential part of your neuro-musculoskeletal system. It is a connective tissue that can be easily injured. There are a few different types of cartilage in the human body:
How is your spine part of the neuro-musculoskeletal system?
Your spine is the rod that holds your body in the correct position. If your spine is out of alignment, your neuro-musculoskeletal system will be, too. You may experience hip, knee, or joint pain because you carry more weight on one side of your body. Regular adjustments by a doctor of chiropractic can help keep your whole body aligned correctly to avoid injury.
You may have a lot of questions about your body when you seek chiropractic care. That’s good. Your doctor of chiropractic has earned a minimum of seven years of higher-level education, so they have the answers. They must pass licensing exams and complete many hours of training so that they know the human body. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Chiropractic care is about learning to care for your whole body.