What can Chiropractors do for you?
Chiropractors start with your health history, reviewing your pain and your problems. Then they work on solutions.
Solutions focus on spinal manipulation restoring proper alignment of the spine to restore your health. Spinal manipulation centers on adjustments. During an adjustment, a chiropractor applies sufficient pressure to joints to restore mobility giving the joints a chance to heal. This application of pressure is the primary method of affecting changes in spinal alignment.
Sources of the pain and problems. The patient’s pain may be the result of a tissue injury caused by a single event, an acute trauma, or repetitive actions. Remaining in a stationary position with poor posture for extended periods of time or continuing to perform awkward repetitive hand movements can happen at work or at home, resulting in pain and injury.
Chiropractic care restores balance for the patient. Joints return to their natural state, restoring range of motion, decreasing pain, and initiating healing. The chiropractor always searches for the root cause. Medication may help manage symptoms, but the goal is to correct problems eliminating the need for medication.
What happens in the process of spinal manipulation?
1. Proprioceptive stimulation triggers the release of endorphins. Proprioceptive means the unconscious perception of movement arising from stimuli in the body. When that happens the endorphins can create a near instant and temporary relief similar to pain medication. This trick of the body can cause a secondary benefit, relaxing local tissues such as trigger points or tight musculature that may be pinching nerves.
2. Manipulation improves nutrient supply. The cartilage and other structures inside of a joint have no blood supply. They get their nutrients through motion. The blood supply goes to the outside of the joint and nutrients move into the synovial fluid of the joint. Joint motion moves this fluid providing fresh nutrients to all parts of the joint, as well as removing waste.
If a joint becomes locked down by muscle spasm, scar tissue, a cast, or any other means, for a prolonged period of time the joint begins to feel stiff. It’s the way you feel when you have been sitting for a long period of time and need to stretch.
3. Manipulation can reduce pressure on the nerves. Your nervous system is the control center of your body. Nerves and nerve bundles are soft tissue. They don’t function well under pressure. Inflammation, a bulging disc, or floating fragment can interfere with function. A stuck joint can be pressing on a nerve, or causing inflammation. The adjustment can relieve this pressure by moving the joint to the correct position.
Finally, looking ahead is part of the process. The chiropractor will make a complete appraisal of your spine to discover any alignment problems that need attention. By catching problems early, pain can be averted and treatment is often simpler.
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