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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 every day.

“Chiropractic removes fixations and misalignments that can interfere with the body healing itself.” Did you know that there are actually some very specific biomechanical and neurological factors that are affected with a chiropractic adjustment? We call the problem area vertebral subluxation complex (VSC). An individual misalignment is called a subluxation. The outdated description of pressure on a nerve by a misaligned bone being likened to stepping on a garden hose is cute but not accurate.

“VSC is a multi-faceted problem and chiropractic adjustments help to relieve the VSC.”

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.

“Sometimes there is pain when you have a misalignment; sometimes there is no pain when you have a misalignment.”

In other words, just because there is no pain does not mean you do not require an adjustment.

“Misalignments are common and can be caused by many things in our daily life.”

If the misalignment remains unchanged it causes changes to the nervous system input. This can cause pain and can become a chronic problem ...

“By not treating your spine with regular chiropractic adjustments more serious problems may develop with time.”

In the spine, chronic misalignment can lead to the development of degenerative joint disease (DJD), also called arthritis of the spine, aka wear and tear.

“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?

“Chiropractic adjustments restore normal nerve function.”

Another interesting thing happens when you get a chiropractic adjustment. You also improve the health of your discs. The discs are the shock absorbers between the vertebrae. They are kind of like a jelly donut – squishy inside and firm on the outside. The jelly is a watery substance that gets rehydrated by movement in the spine. No movement = no added moisture. This leads to dried out discs which become smaller, drier and more susceptible to injury. The drying out of the discs is also what causes the shrinking in height as we age. Freeing up the normal movement through the power of the adjustment improves the disc health.

“Chiropractic adjustments improve disc health.”

I really hope this sheds some light on the ‘why’ of chiropractic adjustments, and how it does such amazing things for your health, overall body, nervous system. It can even improve your ability to fight colds and flu through enhanced immunity. Chiropractic care is amazing!

Dr. Debra Lawson. Crackenback Chiropractic and Colonics. Author of Fountains of Youth.

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