Part 1: What are the benefits of regular chiropractic care?
By Dr. Molly Casey
People go to chiropractors for many different reasons. Some are looking to get out of pain, others want to improve their athletic performance, and some are hoping for better health and well-being. Then there are those who don’t know why they are there. So what are the main benefits of receiving regular chiropractic adjustments, especially if you are pain free? That’s a valid question, so let’s take a look.
There are four main elements to the answer. Here are the first two: communication and relaxation.
Your body functions based on the electrical impulses that the brain sends down the spinal cord through the miles and miles of nerves that go to every cell, system, structure, and organ in the body. These cells, systems, structures and organs send electrical impulses back through miles of nerves so that the brain can process the information and respond and direct accordingly. You live your whole life through this communication system. The better the communication system works, the better you work; as a result, you enjoy a better quality of life and health expression.
One of the most common interferences in this communication system comes from a structural component – a restricted range of motion in the joints of the spine. Lack of movement, or a spinal joint that is stuck and not moving properly, is called a subluxation; literally, it means less than a dislocation. When a subluxation is present, the joint itself — the ligaments and tissues inside the joint, the muscles that attach, and the nerves that exit that area of the spine — can be affected negatively. Therefore, this means that electrical impulses traveling to and from the body and brain can also be negatively affected, creating less than optimal communication and function.
Because less than 10% of the nervous system has the ability to transmit pain, that means you can (and often do) have a subluxation that prevents you from having optimal nerve communication and health without feeling pain. pain or symptoms.
The chiropractic adjustment is done by hand and corrects the subluxation. Chiropractors perform chiropractic adjustment with the goal of improving nervous system communication to allow the body to function at its best so that you have optimal expression of health and experience the best quality of life. Like any other healthy discipline in life, like drinking water, going to the gym, and eating healthy, consistency is key and repetition is necessary; this is why regular chiropractic care is important.
Subluxations can interfere with brain-body/body-brain communication, cause hypertonic (over-toned/tight) or hypotonic (under-toned/weak) muscles, joint inflammation and swelling, among many other negative effects. When subluxations are present, the body must work harder to repair or heal these affected areas as well as to cope with the functions and stresses of daily life. You can probably imagine that subluxations create a situation where the body has to work much harder to achieve or maintain a certain level of health.
Subluxations can play a role in keeping the body in a constant state of using primarily the sympathetic nervous system – fight, flight, or freeze. It is the part of your nervous system that is activated in times of high stress and/or danger. The body is not meant to remain in this state primarily. Subluxations can absolutely contribute to the body getting stuck in activating the sympathetic nervous system.
Chiropractic adjustment can correct the subluxation and relieve the nervous system, allowing it to transition into the preferred parasympathetic nervous system state. Living and functioning in a parasympathetic state is the condition in which you are expected to live the majority of your daily life. This is why you breathe deeply from your belly, feel calm, think clearly, and move intentionally and regularly.
Regular chiropractic adjustments improve life in many ways. Better communication promotes better function, and better function promotes a better health and life experience. Having the body function properly and using the systems the way they are intended creates a more relaxed and calm life experience. Regardless of the presence of pain, better brain-body communication and a properly functioning process will take you further on your journey to health and wellness. Stop by to see the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic to see how they can help you improve your health through regular chiropractic adjustments.
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