Back-Cracker. Witch Doctor. Quack. If you’ve been exposed to chiropractic, chances are you’ve heard those terms before. My older readers will probably remember a time when chiropractic was considered a “cult” by the American Medical Association. Some chiropractors have even been known to make extravagant claims about their treatments. So, why would you go to one of these people?? I’m glad you asked!
Chiropractic treatments rely upon the intimate connection between your spine and your nervous system. The joints in your spine give feedback to your nervous system continuously. Let’s say you have a restriction in your joint motion. The receptors on that joint surface will tell the brain they do not like that. Only instead of merely suggesting they don’t like it…they provide a constant bombardment of what is called “nociception” or noxious stimulation to the central nervous system. Basically, think of your least favorite relative at your front door ringing your doorbell non-stop. It won’t kill you, but it sure can get annoying. This is where Chiropractic comes in.
Chiropractic breaks that cycle of noxious stimulation and joint restriction. If you ask 100 different chiropractors just exactly HOW it does that, you will likely get 100 different answers. Unfortunately, chiropractic research is hard to conduct due to the nature of chiropractic care. Despite the limited number of studies out there, the ones that have been conducted prove this: Chiropractic is an effective management for a wide array of painful conditions. Studies have shown its effectiveness for disc herniations, sciatica, torticollis, headaches, thoracic outlet syndrome, and many more musculoskeletal conditions. As for those extravagant claims I referenced earlier, I invite you to keep an open mind. The full benefits of chiropractic care are being uncovered as research and technology advances. To me, that’s the most exciting part.