The Chiropractic Adjustment
Bones are moved by muscle; shock is absorbed by discs; joint segments allow for motion. When joints get fixated proprioceptive input (body-awareness sense) is compromised.
Chiropractors assess movement of the spine and extremities. When our biomechanics are compromised, certain joint movement may be restricted, limiting not only motion but also the neuro-electrical communication that travels that same route. The nervous system extends from the brain and connects to each muscle, fascia, and organ, controlling its function. Subluxations (or restricted joints) may first overstimulate the nerve innervation from that segment, but if left untreated may degenerate surrounding tissues and lead to chronic dysfunction and pain.
Restoring motion with a chiropractic adjustment stimulates second-order joint mechanoreceptors that override pain in the short term. Movement allows for DE-afferentation of pain (meaning movement overrides pain). When one experiences lack of movement, pain signals reach the brain’s cortex. Routine chiropractic care allows for more ideal movement patterns, lowering the stress on one’s nervous system and the tissues (muscle and organs) that a nerve innervates.