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What Is an Adjustment?
What happens when a chiropractor makes an adjustment? How does this benefit the body and allow for well-being? An adjustment attempts to correct subluxations, or structural distortions of the spine. A chiropractor applies pressure to free the vertebrae so it can restore itself to the right position. Several adjustments may be necessary as the muscles around the vertebrae may be reluctant to allow the bone to return to its proper place.
What are the benefits of chiropractic adjustments? Proper alignment allows for not only optimal form, but optimal function. When the vertebrae has returned to its proper place the flow of information from spinal nerves is restored. As basic as this may seem, it actually is a foundational aspect of overall well-being. Spinal adjustments therefore allow the body to heal, to restore, and to thrive.
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Who Needs Adjustments?
What causes these subluxations? Does everyone have them? Chiropractic care is often used to help the body recover from sports injuries, physical accidents, and repetitive work, but psychological issues such as chronic stress can also cause misalignment or joints to lock out of place. This puts pressure on the spinal nerve, affecting the body in many different ways. Subluxations can cause pain, tenderness, or numbness around the joints of the spine, back and neck. These sensations may even be felt around the arms, shoulders, or hips. More indirect symptoms include digestive problems, headaches, and poor immune health. These distortions block the proper flow of energy and information throughout the body. Fixing the distortions allows for energy to flow freely, including the information sent via the nervous system.
A chiropractor will be able to evaluate your need for chiropractic adjustments. Often people seek this form of medicine if they suffer from back and neck pain, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, and arthritis, but anyone can benefit from alignment. In fact, many patients who try this form of medicine to treat a specific pain-related condition report improved overall well-being in the long-term. Chiropractic care is not intended to treat a disease, but rather to allow the body to heal naturally by unblocking an interference of normal energy flow. Good spinal health can contribute to a strong immune system, improved lung volume, and even better vision, according to the article in Dynamic Chiropractic written by Charles Masarsky, DC, FICC, "The Long-Term Benefits of Chiropractic Care." In this way it is beneficial for everyone.
If you are interested in the benefits of chiropractic adjustments, talk to your doctor about recommending an experienced chiropractor. As one of the more popular forms of complementary medicine, many physicians have working relationships with chiropractic doctors. A chiropractor will then evaluate your health to determine what your personal needs are for well-being and talk to you about how this form of therapy can help.
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World Chiropractic Alliance <http://www.worldchiropracticalliance.org/consumer/needs.htm>
Massachusetts Chiropractic Society <http://www.masschiro.org/FAQ.php#faq12>
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