According to the American Chiropractic Association, chiropractic healthcare focuses primarily on disorders of the nervous system and musculoskeletal system, and the effects of these disorders as it pertains to general health. Chiropractic doctors, often referred to as chiropractic physicians, practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis, and treatment. Chiropractic doctors have broad diagnostic skills and are trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercise, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary, lifestyle, and condition-based counseling.
The most common therapeutic procedure performed by chiropractic doctors is joint manipulation, particularly of the spine, and is also called "chiropractic adjustment." The adjustment of immobile joints of the spine, extremities, and tissues restores mobility and nervous system transmission to the brain, thereby alleviating, among other things, pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.
Chiropractic doctors may evaluate patients through clinical examination, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging, and other special diagnostic interventions to determine when chiropractic treatment is appropriate or when it is not. Chiropractic physicians will readily refer patients to the appropriate healthcare provider when it is determined that chiropractic care is not suitable for the patient's condition, or the condition warrants co-management in conjunction with other members of the healthcare team.
Many people are familiar with how chiropractic adjustments can help to decrease back and neck pain, but did you know that it can also improve your brain function! Further, since you brain controls every process in your body, improving its function through chiropractic adjustments can help restore proper function no matter what your complaint is!
Did you know that you have the ability to speak and make decisions because you walk upright against gravity? Studies have shown that when astronauts go into space and are not under the forces of gravity, the muscles and curves in their spine breakdown. As a result of this breakdown, their brains begin to degenerate. In fact, astronauts have reported a phenomenon called “space dyslexia” in which they have symptoms resembling ADHD and other learning disabilities.
Why is this? There are receptors in our muscles and joints that send information to our brain that tell us where we are in space and how how we are moving so that we can move through life with out bumping into things. These receptors are called proprioceptors and mechanoreceptors.
Every animal has proprioceptors and mechanoreceptors, however, in the human spine the distribution of them is different. The greatest concentration of these receptors in human muscles and joints is found along the spine; the closer to the top of the spine or head, the greater the density of receptors in our muscles and joints. As mentioned above, this is because, unlike other animals, we walk upright. The increased forces of gravity on the upright spine results in increased input to the brain which is why we can think and use complex language and other animals can’t.
Nobel Peace Prize winner, Roger Sperry, PhD., found that 90% of stimulation and nutrition to the brain is generated by the movement of the spine. This is because of the vast amount of receptors. Therefore, if the spine is not moving properly, what chiropractors call a “subluxation”, you will not be receiving adequate input to your brain and you may end up with ADHD, Dyslexia, OCD, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, depression, fatigue, anxiety and other neurological disorders.
So what does all of that have to do with chiropractic?
During a chiropractic adjustment a force is applied to an area of fixation in a specific direction to restore motion in the spine, thereby, increasing stimulation and nutrition to the brain so it can function better!
The bottom line: Chiropractic Adjustments help build a better you!