"Why get adjusted if I'm just gonna knock it back out of alignment sooner or later?"
This was the comment I got from an acquaintance while showing them how I analyze for subluxation. After testing a little weak on a muscle test, I isolated the location of subluxation and asked if they'd like me to fix the problem and got the above reply. To their credit they had not come to the office to get adjusted so I may have caught them off guard, just as I was caught off guard by that response. So after a bit of contemplation I've come up with a better. more thought out, answer to better illustrate the importance of chiropractic adjustments.
If you're a gardner and you have weeds in your roses you wouldn't NOT pull (excellent grammer huh!) the weeds on the basis of "well they're just gonna grow back right!". If your house gets hit with hail, perhaps too soon for those in Denver, would you not get the roof repaired because its EVENTUALLY gonna hail again!? I could go on but I think you get my point. But perhaps those are examples in which we can all relate to because we all have a little experience with such situations, either personally or a family member has complained about it over thanksgiving dinner cause nobody wanted to hear about how much he/she loves/hates Donald Trump as president! So perhaps its a lack of education or even exposure that explains that comment. So lets see if I cant help everyone understand what a chiropractic adjustment is, Cliff's notes version for the sake of all our sanity.
So the chiropractic adjustment is designed to correct minuscule joint misalignments effecting nervous system (NS) and musculoskeletal (MS) function. "How does it do that" you may think? Well when you consider everything is connected and the NS is responsible for all bodily functions, it may be a little clearer. The NS takes information in, from the 5 senses, to the brain and sends nerve impulses out to the body to react appropriately. When the body is free of subluxation, stimuli perceived from the senses is accurate and unimpeded to the brain and used properly to create the correct physical/physiological response. In the presence of subluxation both incoming and outgoing stimuli are altered in someway that can lead to negative responses. Autoimmune disease, where the body attacks its own cells, patients can see drastic changes with regular adjustments.
As it applies to the MS system the adjustment can be understood a little better from a mechanical approach. If you can see the MS system as a complex machine with numerous moving parts, like a car, you can appreciate the idea that when put together there is a certain way the moving parts are designed to move with each other. Certain surfaces are designed to articulate with others, usually having some sort of padding (cartilage in the knee or hip) to cushion the impact or allow for a smooth glide when sliding across the other bone surface. Well, when those surfaces, designed for said wear, are not aligned properly you get excessive wear and tear in the joint which leads to deformation of joint (bones) that leads to irreversible arthritic pain and disease. just like weight gain, it doesn't happen over night. One day you wake up and your back hurts and you cant even stand up straight and you don't know why! Even worse, its gonna take weeks to get you back to moving normal again?? What the.....? How did this happen?? Yeah, I know what you're thinking!!
So to recap: Why should you get adjusted when you're just gonna knock it out again at some point? Put simply, You get adjusted to keep your central and peripheral nervous systems functioning as designed and to ensure your joints are properly aligned, preventing excessive wear and tear that leads to early onset arthritic changes! We are only getting older and with age comes pain and dysfunction, the dreaded downward spiral! The difference is how fast you allow that decline to occur. Are you the careless, crash and burn, type needing hip replacement in you 40's or early 50's or slow and steady type thats still playing ultimate frisbee with the grandkids in your 60's and 70's? Whats that your Grandmama use to say.... "an once of prevention is worth a pound of cure!" When it come to your body, she couldn't have been more right!!
Hope this was helpful and provided some insight to understanding the importance of chiropractic care more and as always, please feel free ask any questions! Cheers
Mark Aylor D.C.