WHAT ARE ADJUSTMENTS DOING TO ME?
Adjustments help to restore motion to your joints. Chiropractors can use their own hands and pressure, or various types of tables and machines in order to get joints to move the way that they normally should.
By moving joints, we are able to send signals back to the brain, which then sends signals back to the muscles and joints in order to relax and become balanced.
Your body does exactly what you tell it to do, based on your actions. For instance, after breaking an arm you have to put it in a cast for a couple months. After you take the cast off, your muscles are tight, short, and you may have a hard time moving your elbow. The reason is because the cast has told your body that you do not need motion to that joint. This was necessary for the bone to heal, but now the muscles and joints are stiff as well. Your body is smart. The same thing happens in your spine.
What is really happening when you are sitting all day long at work?
You are teaching your body to have shorter Psoas muscles, shorter Hamstrings, and elongated Glutes which are all weakened by sitting. You also may be slumped over rounding your spine and carrying your head forward over your body. All or any of that can be happening.
So now, when you stand up, your posture is affected, because your body now thinks that is the only range of motion you need. Also, you may have some serious back or neck pain.
In the same way, when you put stress on your muscles at the gym, they become bigger and stronger. We can use the fact that your body adapts and we can change what was happening to you all day at work.
We, chiropractors, not only correct ranges of motion in your spine and joints, we teach you how to undo the patterns and imbalances that life has been teaching your body all day long.
Chiropractors treat disorders of the muscles, joints, and nerves. Some conditions chiropractors treat are neck pain, low back pain, joint pain in the limbs, and headaches. The effects adjustments have on general health are positive as they allow the nervous system to function at more optimal levels.
Chiropractors are trained in diagnosis and will conduct orthopedic and/or imaging in order to find out the source of the issue and then correct it. In addition, we are trained in exercise, nutrition, and lifestyle counseling.
Your body is an amazing, adaptive being!
All it needs is a little help.
You can read more about Chiropractic from our website: Elements of Wellness