There are so many misconceptions when it comes to chiropractic that i figured it was time to put out a video showing what the evidence is telling us. For many years chiropractors were thought to be moving bones, or setting bones back in their proper position. We know now that this probably isn’t happening, as motion X-ray and motion MRI have given us some further insight into these matters.
The first thing the chiropractic adjustment is doing is bringing proper joint movement to joints that have become fixated or “stuck.” These fixated joints can present a host of problem when is comes to our movement systems, the big one being compensated movement patterns (engrams). These altered patterns can lead to excess movement happening in areas above and below the areas that are stuck. The most degenerated segments in our spines for instance just happen to also be above the areas that are most commonly first (the cervicothoracic junction and the hips/pelvis). This gives us an insight into functionally how our bodies work. For more information on the fixation model, here is a link with some great information. http://www.chiro.org/LINKS/FULL/IMMOBILIZATION_DEGENERATION.shtml
Another key aspect of what is happening with the adjustment is the neurological aspect. Neurologically, the best information to date is telling us that we are activating what are called Mechanoreceptors, and inhibiting Nociceptors with the adjustment. Those are big, fancy words and you really don’t need to know what they mean. All you need to know is that it is helping to block pain signals, along with increasing sensory input into our CNS (which is pretty dang cool!). This can alter the way we are processing information, and in turn it alters the way the information comes out. So what does that mean? It means that the adjustment can be a key piece in altering someones movement patterns, because they can then better integrate the information neurologically.
There are many chiropractic techniques out there, and this blog is just referring to the typical high-velocity, low-amplitude adjustment that chiropractic has become associated with.
As the research is also telling us, the best results are had when chiropractic is combined with rehabilitative exercise. This is something we do with almost every single patient that walks through our doors at Premier Chiropractic, and we take great pride in trying to provide the best results possible for our patients.