In my years of body transformation, I have heard many questions about diet and working out but
one of the main problems for people has remained constant - aches and pains and decreased
range of motion. There are many ways to work through these body challenges but for this
article, let’s discuss chiropractic work.
Many people have fear about the “cracking of the bones!” While I’m not here to sell you on
chiropractic adjustment, I do want to explain what it is and perhaps how it can improve your
health. A chiropractic adjustment is the use of a specific force, in a precise direction, to help normalize
spinal function. The adjustment is applied to a joint that is fixated, frozen, or not moving
properly. Adjustments help return the bones to a more normal position, or motion, while
restoring the natural healing of your body. While that is the text book definition, I know that many
people still think of the sound associated with the work and the fear of the unknown.
So, let’s talk about the “sound.” The audible release of gas (joint cavitation) that is caused by the release of oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide(which releases joint pressure) is what you hear.
The chiropractor is not actually cracking anything, rather they are just manipulating.
Secondly, let’s talk about the spine. It is divided into into three major sections - the cervical, the
thoracic, and the lumbar spine. Below the lumbar spine is a bone called the sacrum, which is
part of the pelvis. Each section is made up of individual bones called vertebrae. The
chiropractor works with the full spine a majority of the time however, some chiropractors are
trained to work on extremities as well. Each doctor has their own skill and preference and all
can help adjust the joints to bring the body back into alignment.
What chiropractors believe.
Chiropractors pride themselves on taking a natural, drug free, surgery free approach to helping
patients. The main principle upon which the entire profession is built is that the body has an
innate ability to heal itself under the right conditions. It is the chiropractor’s job to help create
these conditions. The nervous system controls every cell and organ in your body, therefore,
chiropractors focus their attention on the health of your spine and proper alignment.
How do we get out of alignment?
It can happen for many reasons. Sitting too much, bending over the wrong way, gaining weight,
losing weight. Perhaps you were born with an alignment issue. The fact is, there are many ways
to get out of alignment. The big question is how can proper alignment help you?
Here are a few things that proper alignment can help with…
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Arthritis and joint pain
- Blood pressure
- Organ function
- Surgery prevention
Personally, I visit my chiropractor once a week simply because it works. It may not be for
everyone but I do hope this gives you some food for thought on chiropractic care and how our
bodies are amazing healing machines when properly maintained.
Here's to a week filled with more movement and proper alignment.