One of the questions we get inside our chiropractic office from patients new to chiropractic care is, “How do Chiropractic adjustments work?” By now, most know that it helps them with their neck pain, back pain, sciatica, whiplash, concussion, numbness and tingling, scoliosis and many more musculoskeletal conditions! However, many are unaware of the true power of the chiropractic adjustment… and how it boosts the function of the entire nervous system! Think of it this way, your entire body is controlled by the brain, which sends signals down the spinal cord and then down one of the nerves coming off the spinal cord until it reaches its destination and produces its desired action. This is true for every muscle movement, organ function and controls EVERY other system in your body. The central nervous system (brain, spinal cord, nerves) control every other system: immune system, respiratory system, digestive system, endocrine system (hormones), cardiac system, etc, etc. Chiropractic is about a lot more than PAIN!! It’s about health and optimal function of your entire body!
Over the years, chiropractic has been boxed into the pain relief corner by the insurance industry and YES, we’re great at helping pain, but the reason may be a little different than you thought. When you come in for your chiropractic adjustment- we’re not treating your back pain- hang on a second with me… Think of it this way- if your car’s check engine light starts flashing it doesn’t automatically tell you what is wrong, it just tells you that something is wrong. Then you check the engine, fit the cause of the problem and the check engine light turns off. Your body can work in a similar way- when you get a symptom, like back pain, there’s a reason for it. Now, you could just take a piece of duct tape and cover up that check engine light and you won’t see it anymore, but that wouldn’t fix the problem! This would be like reaching for the Tylenol, getting prescription pain medication or sticking pain patches on your back. They are masking the symptom and trying to get them to go away. This is not a true fix, is’t a cover up! If the underlying problem remains, it’s just a matter of time until it returns and when it does it may be worse since the real problem is left untouched. When you lift up the hood of your car and find the cause of the engine problem and fix it, the light turns off. Chiropractors are trained to search for the cause of the problem, the reason your symptoms showed up in the first place, remove that cause by fixing the problem and then the symptoms go away. It involves a consultation, chiropractic exam, and x-rays. So, we are treating you, the whole person, not just back pain or headaches.
When you get a chiropractic adjustment it allows the spine to move back into proper alignment and relieves pressure and stress off the nerves and spinal cord so the messages sent out by the brain to the rest of the body can be sent out without any interference. Thus allowing the muscles, organs and every other system in the body to function at its peak! This is what chiropractic is really about is health and wellness!
Can you have misalignment of the spine and pinched nerves and not have pain? YES Here’s how… Let’s say the spinal misalignment creating pressure on the nerve is one of the nerves related to the digestive system, is it going to cause back pain? NO Will it affect the digestive system’s ability to function as it needs to? YES And so you see we can use the same example for nerves all throughout the spine related to breathing, ability to focus and concentrate, immune system function, and so on. If you want to stay healthy, we need to keep the nervous system healthy regularly. Just like you would work out regularly to keep muscles strong eat healthy consistently to maintain a good weight, you need regular chiropractic adjustments to not just feel better but to STAY WELL! Even without pain, we want to keep the rest of your body functioning at 100% top to bottom. This is why a chiropractor with a wellness approach can help you stay feeling young for many years to come! We treat many people in the office with varying conditions, but our #1 favorite is to help families to stay well and on a wellness lifestyle. We want to help keep our entire community free from pain, sickness and disease by having regular chiropractic care to make your life the best it can be!
Dr. Ryan Browning