What is it exactly that chiropractic adjustments do? And how does getting adjusted help us feel and function better?
To answer this, I have to go over a little bit of anatomy.
So you have your brain, and you have your spinal cord, which comes out of the brain and runs through the spinal joints. Your brain is connected to all the different organs, glands, tissues, and muscles in your body, and it regulates and controls everything your body does on a daily basis.
To give you a metaphor, your brain is like a computer or an old fashioned radio, and the spine / spinal cord is like an antennae. When your spinal joints all move through their proper range of motion, you have appropriate information being sent to the brain about what is going on with your body and where it is in space (proprioception). However, when you have a spinal joint that doesn’t move through it’s proper range of motion, what can happen is it decreases the signal strength or the quality of the information coming in from those parts of the body – in the example of the radio, what you get is static noise.
What we do as chiropractors is we locate those segments that aren’t moving and we adjust them specifically to improve that function, and therefore improve the signal strength going to the brain. This is very different from other healthcare modalities where they actually treat the symptom. We treat the overall functional problems that you’re having so that we can improve your symptoms.
Drs. Jordan and Joe Adams are chiropractors at Calibration Chiropractic, a neuro-structural chiropractic office in Mansfield, TX. They focus on a brain based approach to chiropractic and they work with special populations.