What is a Chiropractor ?
How does Chiro work?
Spinal manipulation is a fast and low-amplitude thrust applied specific, safely and gently to facet joints in the spine by a Chiropractor’s hands, often accompanied by an audible cavitation or “clicking sound” . Spinal manipulation is applied to a specific dysfunctional segment of the spine, caused by minor trauma, repetitive postural straining and overuse of the spine, for the purpose of, and by, restoring and optimizing the biomechanics of the spinal segment and in addition desensitizing aberrant spinal segmental reflex arc activities and sensory input to the central nervous system as well as at higher brain areas.
What can spinal manipulation do for you?
Produce immediate relieve of, and significantly decrease acute and chronic neck pain and back pain, as well as reduce pain by neural mechanisms at higher brain areas. Spinal manipulation can stimulate type I-III nerve endings including mechanoreceptors and proprioceptive nerve endings, and inhibit nociceptive nerve endings or known as pain receptors in the facet joint capsular tissues and subsequently substantially reduce pain by way of the gate theory of pain and supraspinal and descending pain modulation mechanisms.
Decrease peripheral and central sensitization , increase lowered pain threshold and reduce increased sensitivity to pain. Spinal manipulation can produce remarkable beneficial effects in individuals suffering from fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome, a very common, chronic tendency, soft tissue inflammatory and sensitization pain disorder and leading cause for muscle, neck and back pain, as well as working days lost.
Markedly increase range of motion of the spine and improved posture and spinal proprioception. Body posture failures in children and adolescents constitute one of the most popular yet underestimated health problems. The reduction in cardio-respiratory efficiency, decreased vital capacity of the lungs and degenerative bone and low back pains are just some of the consequences of untreated incorrect body postures.
Decrease muscle weakness and muscle spasms in the presence and absence of pain. It is important for athletes and the active individual to note and understand that joint dysfunction can cause significant weakness of its associated muscles even if the dysfunctional joint does not present with any pain or other symptoms through an ongoing inhibition that prevents the weak muscle from being fully activated, a phenomenon known as arthrogenic muscle inhibition.