Many people find relief for various health conditions by going to a chiropractor for an adjustment. But what exactly is chiropractic adjustment and how can it help you?
Chiropractic treatment is a non-invasive approach to pain management and improving body mobility. Using only their hands, the chiropractor manipulates your joints, especially in the neck and back area.
These areas are a network of nerves and blood vessels, connected with all the parts of your body.
Through skilled manipulation by a certified chiropractor, the tension and blockages in these nerves and blood vessels are removed and they can function properly again. This can mean relief from various types of pain, as well as relief from the symptoms of back conditions, such as scoliosis.
What Is the Aim of Chiropractic Adjustment?
Chiropractic adjustment has both immediate and long-term positive effects on your body. The philosophy behind chiropractic treatment is that the body is a finely tuned interconnected mechanism of muscles, joints, and bones.
When an imbalance, such as undue pressure, occurs in a part of the body, several others may suffer.
A chiropractor attempts to improve your structural wellbeing and, in this way, relieve negative physiological effects, expressed by the pain you are suffering from. Thus, a chiropractic adjustment will provide you with relief in four different ways:
1. By Increasing Joint Motion
Full joint motion is essential for an active life. Whenever you feel pain in your knee, you cannot fully move it. Same with your neck or elbow. Pain warns you to restrict your movement because there is something wrong with the joint.
But why does a joint hurt? Let us see what it actually is. A joint is a point where two bones meet. They are connected to each other by ligaments and a capsule with fluids to act as a sort of buffer between the bones. This mechanism can be misaligned or subluxated, which impedes the full range of motion.
Chiropractic adjustment realigns the joint by a quick thrust, giving the patient a full motion of the joint.
2. By Increasing Muscle Function
When a joint has restricted motion, the muscles around it endure increased tension. They are either too stretched or too contracted by the incomplete motion range.
After the completion of a chiropractic adjustment on the respective joint, the muscles are released from the undue tension. They regain their flexibility and the patient stops experiencing the dull pain in them, which is just as exhausting as the inability to move at all.
3. By Decreasing Inflammation
Subluxated joints cause the disruption of several other internal processes, including the natural flow of blood and lymph. This leads to inflammation – a swelling of the joint ligaments. This is how our bodies attempt to repair damaged tissue and clean up a damaged area.
Once the joint regains its full motion through chiropractic adjustment, the body understands that the respective area is healed. Thus, inflammation will become subdued and then disappear completely.
4. By Improving Nervous System Function
Chiropractic adjustment of the spine promotes the adequate functioning of the nervous system. After all the spine is a tunnel housing the spinal cord, which the brain uses to send messages to the entire body. Every motion you make, voluntary or involuntary, was ordered by your brain, and the instruction transmitted through nerves to the respective muscles and joints.
Therefore, once the spine is properly aligned and there is no source of pressure on the vertebrae and the spinal cord, the messages from the brain will pass on more freely. This means that you will be more alert, respond faster to outside stimuli, and feel more “in tune” with your body.
Chiropractic adjustment can change your life for the better. Do not let pain and stiff joints limit your enjoyment of life. Call us and book your initial appointment!