What is a chiropractic adjustment and why do we need it? Honestly, I can’t imagine being without a Chiropractor in my life. If I wasn’t married to one, I would be in debt to one, that’s for sure. The center of our body is the brain. Meaning, it’s the brain that tells our body what to do, how to do it, and how well to do it. Make sense? For example, the brain sends signals all over our body, to all our organs, skin, eyes, toes, fingernails, lungs, everything! Everything has a job to do. Your fingers are for grabbing, and holding. Scratching, picking, writing, eating, among other things. The brain tells our hands and fingers to do their work. Right now my brain is telling my hands and fingers to move over the keyboard to type this blog post to you. So how do the signals get from the brain to all the different parts of the body? Well, through nerves. Nerves run from the brain, down the spinal column and out each of the vertebrae to all the different areas of the body.
See these yellow things? These are the nerves of the spinal column. Through our normal movement or perhaps even trauma, the bones of the spine get misaligned. We call that a vertebral “subluxation”. The only way to correct a subluxation is by seeing a Chiropractor, who will work to realign the spine through a chiropractic adjustment.
Sudden, precise amounts of abrupt pressure are placed on the spine, to gently move it back into it’s correct position. Why is this important? Well, as you can see when a nerve gets pinched (indicated in red), it is immediately minimized radically in it’s function. So if the nerve you are looking at goes to let’s say your lungs, then you could develop breathing problems due to a pinched nerve. A chiropractic adjustment can help this.
Because we move around, we need regular chiropractic adjustments of the spine, to keep our nerves, organs as well as our spine itself healthy and flexible.