Why Do Your Bones Refuse to Stay In Place?
By Sara Butler
Many chiropractic patients wonder why the body doesn’t just stay in proper alignment naturally, and it’s a really good question. Why do your bones move around and require a chiropractor to set them straight? If you’ve ever wondered about this, then here’s the answer!
Holding the Adjustment
When your bones move from their proper place, it’s what your chiropractor refers to as them not holding the adjustment. See, every bone in your spine is held in place by a series of ligaments. Even the soft and spongy discs between the bones in your spine are held in place this way. These ligaments hold your bones in place while still allowing them to be flexible enough to move around.
Joint dysfunction and restriction that your chiropractor identifies and repairs are caused by many different things, including:
- Repetitive motions
- Poor ergonomics
- Poor posture habits
These things cause your ligaments to swell and become damaged, resulting in the loss of their ability to do their job correctly. So, they stop being able to hold your bones in place and you end up in the chiropractor’s office to get that corrected.
Your Body is Smart
You may be imagining all of your bones just moving around at will if the ligaments can’t hold them into place, but your body is smarter than that. When you are suffering from joint dysfunction or restriction, then you’ll likely also suffer from muscle spasms and pain due to the abnormal position of the ligaments. These spasms are your body’s attempt to immobilize and stabilize your joints. Your body is trying to lock things up tight so that the problem doesn’t get worse, causing tightened muscles and discomfort.
If you don’t do anything to try to correct the underlying problem, then your symptoms will only continue to get worse.
How Your Chiropractor Helps
So, what does you chiropractor do to help you? Essentially, chiropractors work to retrain your muscles and ligaments to stay in the correct place by adjusting you regularly over a period of time. This ultimately helps to correct misalignments and encourages your ligaments to heal in the right position.
Ensure your spine and the structures that support it are in their proper place by making sure to see your chiropractor regularly! Make sure to speak to your chiropractor about your posture habits the next time you come into The Joint!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.