What is Chiropractic?
I once read a statistic that less than 10 percent of the population get chiropractic care. Why isn’t everyone getting chiropractic care on a regular basis? Why do so many people only get chiropractic when they are in agony? Why is there so much fear and misunderstanding about chiropractic full stop?
I believe that part of the problem is a lack of understanding about what chiropractic is and how it works. This is what I will attempt to demystify here for you.
What is chiropractic?
The basic premise of chiropractic is the power that made the body can heal the body. We believe your body can and will heal itself provided you remove any interference to that healing.
Not such a strange concept really. Obviously, the body knows what it is doing. Have you ever sat down and tried to make a red blood cell? Or how about a white blood cell? No, we cannot make even one cell, yet our amazing bodies do so all day every day.
“Chiropractic removes fixations and misalignments that can interfere with the body healing itself.”
It is a fact that areas of the spine frequently become restricted, causing facet joint misalignments or subluxations. When misaligned there is a restriction in normal movement and this makes your back feel stiff or painful.
“It is common for the spine to become restricted in the course of daily activities and chiropractic helps relieve this.”
One very important point I would like to make though is sometimes these fixations occur and you cannot feel any pain or restriction, but it is still misaligned.
If the misalignment remains unchanged it causes changes to the nervous system input. This can cause pain and can become a chronic problem.
“The problems that occur may include pain and joint degeneration.”
It only takes a very small amount of pressure to impact healthy nerve conduction. Nerve conduction is the information sent from the brain to the body and the body to the brain.
“Chronic misalignment also causes increased nervous system over-stimulation and can even affect the overall health of your organs.”
This chronic stimulation results in less inhibition of the stress response (this equals more stress) and more muscle spasms and blood flow restriction.
“This stimulation can have an effect on your emotions and your immune system, as well as the more obvious problems with pain and muscle tone.”
Adjustments create proper movement in the facet joints and decreases muscle spasms and restores normal health in the body and nervous system.
“Chiropractic adjustments restore normal range of motion.”
The adjustment normalizes the input to the brain, improving muscle tone, movement and posture as well as clearer thinking, emotional balance and organ function. Pretty amazing, isn’t it? Maybe you really should be having a regular adjustment. What do you think?
Dr Debra Lawson is from Crackenback Chiropractic and Colonic Clinic, Cairns.