Have you ever been told to "sit straight" on your horse and, despite what the mirror and the trainer says, you FEEL straight?
Or you just can't figure out why one leg just never quite cooperates like the other?
Chiropractic is a whole-body approach to healthcare that analyzes the alignment and movement of the vertebra in the spine and other joints of the body. By correcting misalignments and restrictions in dysfunctional joints, a chiropractic adjustment improves both the biomechanics and the neurological function of the body.
Every nerve in the body travels from the brain through the spinal cord that is protected by the vertebra of the spine. Furthermore, the spine and its muscle attachments provide constant feedback to the brain about the body's position in space. When a vertebra becomes misaligned and isn't moving properly through injury, chronic posture, micro-traumas, or unlimited other causes, it provides inaccurate feedback to the brain through the nerves and spinal cord. This can cause pain, postural issues, and predisposition to injury. Chiropractic aims to improve how you feel, function, and perform by restoring proper function to the spine and pelvis.
Recent research has shown that benefits of chiropractic include:
Improved Joint and Body Position Sense1, 2
Activation of deep abdominal muscles to increase core stabilization and protect the spine3
Improvements in the way our brain integrates sensory and motor information4, 5, 6
Increased muscle strength7, 8
Reduced muscle fatigue7
Better control of muscle contraction and relaxation, leading to better posture6, 7
1. Haavik H, Murphy B. Subclinical neck pain and the effects of cervical manipulation on elbow joint position sense. Journal of Manipulative & Physiological Therapeutics. 2011;34:88-97.
2. Holt K. Effectiveness of Chiropractic Care in Improving Sensorimotor Function Associated with Fall Risk in Older People. Auckland, New Zealand: Department of Population Health, University of Auckland; 2013.
3. Marshall P, Murphy B. The Effect of Sacroiliac Joint Manipulation on Feed-Forward Activation Times of the Deep Abdominal Musculature. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. 2006;29(3):196-202.
4. Haavik Taylor H, Murphy B. Cervical spine manipulation alters sensorimotor integration: A somatosensory evoked potential study. Clin Neurophysiol. 2007;118(2):391-402.
5. Haavik Taylor H, Murphy B. Altered central integration of dual somatosensory input following cervical spine manipulation. Journal of Manipulative & Physiological Therapeutics. 2010;33(3):178-188.
6. Haavik Taylor H, Murphy B. Altered sensorimotor integration with cervical spine manipulation. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. 2008;31(2):115-126.
7. Niazi I, Turker K, Flavel S, Kingett M, Duehr J, Haavik H. Increased cortical drive and altered net excitability of low-threshold motor unit levels to the lower limb following spinal manipulation. Paper presented at: World Federation of Chiropractic's 12th Biennial Congress; April 6-9, 2013; Durban, South Africa.
8. Hillermann B, Gomes AN, Korporaal C, Jackson D. A pilot study comparing the effects of spinal manipulative therapy with those of extra-spinal manipulative therapy on quadriceps muscle strength. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. Feb 2006;29(2):145-149.