In our last Blog we looked at what a Chiropractor is and why the Nervous system plays an important role in our health.
Chiropractors mostly use manual therapy (i.e their hands) to provide care but some also use other tools to help, however arguably the most important and effective aspect of chiropractic care is the adjustment!
The spine has 24 movable joints known as vertebrae, and these can become misaligned or dysfunctional.
A chiropractor will first identify which of your vertebra may be misaligned or dysfunctional and how they relate to your symptoms. a vertebra which has lost its normal position and/or motion in relation to neighbouring vertebrae.
Vertebrae which do not function properly within the spinal framework generate mechanical stress. This accelerates the wear and tear on the surrounding spinal muscles, ligaments, discs, joint and other spinal tissues. Pain, palpatory tenderness, inflammation, decreased spinal mobility, and muscle spasm and hypertonicity will eventually follow.
There are 5 main components of a misaligned or dysfunctional vertebra and they are;
- Kinesiopathology – the loss of normal vertebral positioning and motion in relation to neighbouring vertebra.
- Myopathology – pathological changes occurring in the spinal musculature which includes hypertonicity, spasming, fibrosis, weakness and improper or inappropriate functioning.
- Neuropathology – irritation or injury to spinal nerve roots through compression, stretch or more commonly chemical irritation from nearby spinal structures
- Histopathology – pathological changes which occur to the spinal tissues such as abnormal bony growths off the vertebral bodies and joints, fibrosis and adhesions of spinal muscles and ligaments, as well as dehydration and degeneration of spinal discs.
- Pathophysiology – the biochemical changes taking place in the spinal region which include inflammatory biochemicals from injured tissues and biochemical waste products
What is an adjustment?
An adjustment is a highly skilled and precise movement usually applied by hand to a joint of the body. Adjustment loosens the joint to restore proper movement and optimize function.
When a joint is adjusted, a gas bubble escapes causing the popping noise you may have heard about.
Chiropractic adjustment techniques have been researched extensively. Complications are rare and side-effects, such as temporary soreness, are usually minor. Your chiropractor is well-trained to determine if your problem will respond to chiropractic care or if you require referral to another health care provider
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