Wednesday, December 21, 2011

What Do Adjustments Do?

What Do Adjustments Do?

Probably the biggest chiropractic misconception revolves around the
adjustment. Naturally, we chiropractors think the adjustment is pretty
special. Along with sharing the principles of chiropractic it’s the most
important thing we do.
Chiropractors understand that the underlying cause of many health problems
is from nervous system disturbances along the spine. This often shows up as
one or more spinal bones that are stuck and not moving correctly. Many
think that a chiropractic adjustment puts the wayward bone back into its
proper position with the bones above and below it.
It doesn’t work quite like that. If it did, all you’d need is just one
adjustment!

Instead, consider this. Bones are static structures. They only move when
acted upon by a muscle. And muscles only contract when commanded by
your nervous system. That’s why chiropractic is actually about the quality of
your nervous system, not the condition of your spinal column.

Your body does the actual healing. The energy I supply with the adjustment
just helps things along. I use everything I know about anatomy, physiology
and spinal biomechanics to partner with your body’s wisdom. Repeated visits
help retrain muscles and with time, your body can “right” itself.

While it’s tempting for me to take credit for the amazing results I often see, it’s not
me. I’m just the assistant. Your body does the healing!

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