Chiropractors are trained to diagnose and treat segmental dysfunction of the spine and extremities. When segmental dysfunction is diagnosed, an adjustment or manipulation is applied with the hands or a tool to the specific region. The chiropractic adjustment is a quick thrust applied to a vertebra or joint for the purpose of providing neurological input and creating increased mobility. The neural input through the skin, joints, and surrounding tissues provide sensory information to the brain to help “re-boot” the body awareness of that specific region. We are able to treat many clients without the need for the “cracking” with different techniques and tools, if they have hesitation or dislike the noise and sensation. The purpose of the adjustment is to update the body “schema”, modulate pain, and provide increased mobility and movement. Motion is like nutrients to the brain. The brain records these proprioceptive signals (movement) from the joints motion and other sensory inputs. This new input is then stored and replayed in the brain, similar to muscle retraining that physical therapists will do, or physical training of athletes, when the body has done the motion enough times it remembers it. This retraining provides a functional correction that may provide pain relief. After manipulations, I provide specific movements, exercises, ergonomic intervention and mobility prescriptions to maximize your treatment and minimize your need to become “practitioner dependent”.
Many other benefits have been observed, and still others suspected. Research is still going on and much more is needed