Friday, December 4, 2009

Why do I need to get adjusted more than once?

Many times people come in to see me for pain relief. They are shocked when I tell them that pain is not their problem. You have pain and symptoms because there is a physiological and neurological change that has taken place in your body. This is due to a subluxation. A subluxation is when one of the bones in your spine shifts out of the normal position in relation to the other bones above and below. When this happens it pinches down on the nerves that exit the sides of the bone. This pinching produces interference in the systems that controls everything in your whole body, thus producing pain, symptoms and disease processes if it is allowed to go on for an extended period of time.
So we know this is true. If you want to make changes to internal structures it is going to take place over a period of time. It took a period of time for it to get into the position that it is currently in, so it is going to take some time to get back to where it once was. We do this by a series of adjustments, therapies, exercises, and stretching. Every time we give an adjustment we make a slight physiological change to the body. The response of the brain is to go back to the position it was just in, because that is what it is used to. So in order for us to make a structural change we must continue to make these small physiological changes on a regular basis for an extended period of time. That is how we can move bones over time and correct spinal posture. The brain and muscles need to reset with "normal".
That is why there is no "miracle adjustment", you must return on a regular basis until you reach a point of stability where you can just maintain. Then you will have optimal function, the true definition of health.

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