How does chiropractic treatment work? Have you ever wondered that? Before describing how chiropractic works, it is important to understand what is happening in the body that requires a chiropractic adjustment.

The brain is responsible for sending messages to the spinal cord which then sends messages to the rest of the body in order to function normally. This is how we receive our sensory information, move and are able to make sense of the world around us.

Sometimes our bodies can experience subluxations (the bones in your spine locked out of place). This can happen for multiple reasons ranging from things as obvious as getting in a car accident and sometimes from less obvious things such as sitting at your desk with poor posture or too much repetitive motions at work. Some people with subluxations will experience stiffness, dizziness or feeling tired; if not corrected the locked joint can begin to swell and become inflamed because fluid is unable to leave. Then, it begins causing pain; which the brain responds to by telling the muscles to tighten to support the joint. This can lead to knots, or even muscle spasms.

How does chiropractic work? Chiropractic adjustments work by releasing the joint so that it can revert back to its normal motion in the vertebrae. Thus, the swelling is able to go down and the muscles around the joint are finally able to relax. While some patients are able to feel instant relief, some will experience some soreness for a few days that is similar to when one has gone to the gym for the first time after a long hiatus.

In brief, chiropractic gets everything to function properly again. It helps the brain get its messages to the spinal cord to communicate with the rest of the body.  Now if you are ever come across with the question, “How does chiropractic work?” you will be ready to answer it conifidently. If you are ever in the Lake Oswego are, feel free to schedule a consultation to find out how you can benefit from chiropractic adjustments.