How Chiropractic Works
Your body is a complex network of cells. Groups of similar cells form tissues (i.e. nerve tissue) and these tissues work together with other specialized tissues to reach a common goal.
Each cell is studded with thousands of tiny receptors which allow communication to occur between cells throughout the entire body.
Each receptor has its own configuration (like a lock) with a matching molecule which fits into it (like a key). The job of the receptor is to receive information from other cells. Information is sent between cells in the form of a matching molecule called a ligand. These keys (ligands) will only fit into specific types of locks (receptors). By sending signals from one receptor to another, from one cell to another, the body is able to communicate and create a highly specialized 'conversation'.
In your spinal and extremity joints there are many types of receptors. These include:
- pain receptors
- chemical receptors
- mechanical receptors
- position/balance receptors
"My chiropractic experience was extremely helpful. My knowledge about chiropractic was very limited and skewed by the media regarding chiropractic practices. I now realize how treatment can positively impact a person in every day activity as well as physical training.
My body feels more balanced and I have more confidence to train harder. Knowing that I don't have to adjust training technique to compensate for imbalances present on one side gives me much more confidence during my training sessions. The treatments I've received from Dr. Megan have helped me greatly with my neck range of motion and has eliminated my chronic upper back joint and muscle pain."
Decrease pain, inflammation and muscle tension
During a chiropractic adjustment, positional changes occur within the joint(s) and this information is sent from these receptors into the nervous system to the brain. The brain processes this information and makes changes in the surrounding tissues. After receiving an adjustment, the brain will communicate back to the joint encouraging pain, inflammation and muscle tension to decrease, and joint mobility to increase, thus restoring the joint back to its normal function.