What is a Chiropractic Adjustment?
If you’ve had friends or relatives who were patients of a local chiropractor, you may have wondered to yourself – what is a chiropractic adjustment? Is there any machinery involved, or are these manual adjustments made by a practitioner? The real skill of a chiropractor is in having an extensive knowledge of anatomy, and especially of the spine and all the muscles, nerves, tissues, and ligaments which are connected to it. That knowledge is combined with gentle manipulations which can relieve stress on nerves and on muscles which are being pressured by spinal vertebrae which are out of alignment. Here is what chiropractic adjustments are all about.
There are two main physical effects which spinal adjustments have on the body, those being increased muscle function and increased joint function. Whenever joints are out of alignment, they will probably not have the full range of motion they should have. In this situation, a spinal adjustment will deliver a quick thrust to the area, which restores alignment and thus restores range of motion as well.
By the same token, when a joint lacks full range of motion, it puts extra stress on the muscles surrounding the joint. These muscles may be stretched out too much, they may be too tight, or they may not be receiving all necessary information from the brain, if there is a pinch somewhere along the line. Any or all of these things can prevent proper muscle functionality, and the chiropractic adjustment seeks to relieve this muscle stress, so normal function can be restored.
Effects on medical conditions
When the body requires some kind of restorative action, chiropractic adjustments are often the very best approach to take, because the aim of chiropractic care is to find the underlying cause of a problem, rather than simply treating its symptoms. One of the primary benefits derived from chiropractic adjustments is a reduction of inflammation, which is brought about like this:
- when there is a spinal subluxation or misalignment, other functions are always thrown out of adjustment as well
- inflammation will generally occur at the site where a misalignment has occurred
- when inflammation is not managed, it can cause even more damage to the area which is misaligned
- when spinal manipulations are done, stress is relieved and inflammation is automatically reduced.
Another major impact which chiropractic adjustments have is in the area of relieving pressure on nerves and the nervous system. All communication with the brain is carried out by the nervous system of the body, and whenever anything exerts pressure on certain nerves, that flow of information is disrupted. When chiropractic adjustments are made to the spine, that relieves pressure on the nerves. This in turn, causes a cessation of the pain or discomfort that the individual felt, and it also restores the good communication between the nerves and the brain.
That means every part of the body which the nerve reaches – all the cells, tissues, organs, and muscles – will then have normal function restored to them, and the body can once again enjoy whole-body health. These are two of the most important impacts that chiropractic adjustments can have on the body, but they are by no means the only ones. This should give you an idea of how beneficial chiropractic care can really be.