Chiropractic care focuses on issues in the musculoskeletal system as well as the nervous system, and the impacts these disorders have on health and wellness. A chiropractor can help patients with neuromusculoskeletal complaints such as back pain, neck pain, joint discomfort and headaches.
Your body’s nervous system controls the functioning of your cells, tissues and organs. So, it coordinates with all living cellular functions. The spinal column is in the center of it all, literally wrapped around the nervous system and in charge of protecting it. Because there is a symbiotic relationship, biomechanical and structural problems in the spine often aggravate areas of the encased nervous system. This can turn into an inflammation triggered by tissue injury, or it could be caused by mechanical pressure placed on the spine. In any case, the nervous system cannot function optimally if the inflammation slows down the cells, tissues and organs supplied by the impacted nerves.
The impact on overall wellness is determined by how the nervous system is compromised. Correcting spinal misalignments that aggravate the nervous system leads to favorable results for health issues that don’t seem related to spinal column.
You have likely heard about the most common method most chiropractors use to treat spinal misalignments. It’s called spinal manipulation or chiropractic adjustment. The purpose of this procedure is restoration of mobility and pain relief. The chiropractor applies manual force into joints that have become restricted due to injury.
Tissue injury is sometimes caused by a one-time incident, such as lifting something heavy. It can also be caused by repetitive stress, including sitting in an awkward position with bad posture for a long time. During the trigger event, injured tissue becomes inflamed, which creates pain and limits mobility. When a chiropractor manipulates the affected joint and tissues, you get back your flexibility and mobility. This is because alleviating pain and muscle tightness allows your body to heal itself again.