What is chiropractic and what are its benefits
What is a Chiropractic Adjustment?
What do you tell your friends and family about going to a Chiropractor? They “crack my back” or “help put me back together” are some ways we have heard, but have you ever wanted to know more about what is happening? Like what makes the “cracking” noise or why is it that chiropractic has influence on headaches, digestion, and blood pressure?
What does a chiropractic adjustment do?
You may think of Chiropractors as doctors of the back or spine. While this is true, they are really doctors who treat the nervous system. The spine houses every nerve that brings life and energy to your muscles, tissues, and organs in our body.
Think of the brain as the electrical power plant and the nervous system as a neighborhood. The spinal cord is the large bundle of fibers that brings all the energy to the entire neighborhood. Each house is powered by it, and in each house each outlet receives its power from it as well. If there is interference in the fibers coming from the house’s fuse box, an area of the home may not have power. If there is interference in the line coming from the electrical company, the entire neighborhood will lose power and energy.
To relate this back to the back (see what I did there?), the brain sends power and energy to the entire body through the spinal cord, which is protected by the spine. From there it branches off to feed every limb, muscle, and organ. Interference in the body looks like numbness and tingling in the extremities, headaches, digestive problems, loss of balance and more.
Don’t get addicted to the crack
Most people associate the “crack” noise with the joints being put into the correct place. While this may be true some of the time, the noise you hear when you’re adjusted is a result of the cavitation. It is the sound of gasses in the joint’s fluid that are released into the space between the bones. Sometimes you won’t hear this noise at all, and that’s okay. Older spines may not make noise, while some young spines will sound like popcorn. Some adjustments move things in a way that there is no noise. If there is no “crack,” don’t fret because that isn’t what we are looking for.
What does an adjustment do?
Have you ever heard the saying “motion is life”? When it comes to the spinal cord, this is very true! Movement is what allows Cerebral Spinal Fluid to move around the spinal cord and brain bringing nourishment. In addition to that, movement helps lubricate the joints and keep arthritis at bay.
When a spine becomes subluxated (stuck and fixated), the healing movement is lost, and degeneration begins. At Adjusted Life, we first identify subluxations in the body and then lightly adjust them, using either Torque Release Technique (TRT) or the Diversified method. Both methods restore the motion in the spine and decrease pressure on the nervous system so that your body can function to its fullest potential. That means YOU can function at your fullest potential!
There is so much to this topic, however, I just wanted to touch on it to answer any questions you may have. While there is a lot more to this, this is a simple and easy way to describe it. If you’d like a more scientific (and nerdy) explanation, my husband would love to help with that!