A chiropractic adjustment helps our bodies in a lot of ways. But the most important thing a chiropractic adjustment does, when the bones misalign (or what we call subluxate in chiropractic), is remove that fixation and get the pressure off the nerves and allow your body to function better.
- Reduce Pain: When people present to chiropractors, very often they have pain. Very simply, I know chiropractic is not just about pain, but when you make an adjustment and alleviate pressure off the nerve, it is certainly going to decrease the amount of pain or eliminate it completely. Pressure off the nerves means less pain, and then you can do all the activities you want in life without issues. That’s really what it is. It is about returning to normal function.
- Improve Body Mechanics: The other benefit of having a properly aligned spine concerns mechanics. Think about it this way: if I drive my car and I hit a really big pothole and I knock the front end out of alignment, I can still drive the car. I can still drive it fast. But if I drive it long and fast, I’m going to start to wear the tires unevenly; then it is going to mess up the U-joints, and then it is going to affect the steering column if I don’t get that alignment corrected. So over time in the body, if there are misalignments, it will cause aberrant mechanics and then you will start to see wear and tear, or degenerative changes or things that look like arthritis in the spine. This is because things are not lined up properly and they are grinding and rubbing on each other. Proper alignment means improved mechanics, which means less wear and tear.
- Increase Nerve Supply and Function: The most important thing that a chiropractic adjustment does is improve nerve supply which means increased nerve function. So, when you have a subluxation or a misalignment irritating a nerve, creating static or robbing the body of valuable nerve energy, the body can’t coordinate and run itself as efficiently because there’s static in the line. Really, the primary reason for anyone to get adjusted is to get the pressure or irritation off the nerves and increase nerve supply and increase function. It is optimizing the function of the body, so that it can work at its highest level without interference.
A chiropractic adjustment helps you live your best day every day. It is about stacking the deck in your favor. There is no guarantee that you’re never going to have another problem, but it is a really important part of keeping your spine and nerve system healthy. And if you take care of your spine throughout the course of your lifetime, it will be healthy throughout the course of your lifetime, as opposed to waiting for it to breakdown and then coming in and asking me to try and fix it.
It is all about prevention, maintenance and neural function.
Dr. Gregg D. Rubinstein, D.C., is a midtown Manhattan chiropractor with over 20 years of experience providing customized chiropractic treatment services to a wide range of clients in the Midtown Manhattan/West New York City area. Dr. Gregg Rubinstein and 57th Street Chiropractic can be reached at (917) 534-6484 and is located at 119 West 57th St. in New York, NY.