Chiropractic and the Brain

Chiropractic-ClinicNeurons that Fire Together, Wire Together

Cells in the brain communicate with one another through synaptic transmission. The process involves one cell releasing a chemical, and the next cell absorbing it. That process is called ‘neuronal firing.’ Frequent communication between brain cells strengthens their connection. When messages travel within the same path, again and again, they begin to transit faster and faster. And through the repetitions the process becomes automatic. For instance, that’s why when practicing things like hitting a golf ball, with enough time and practice, a person becomes a pro golfer.

The Brains Role in Pain

Our understanding of pain involves various underlying mechanisms such as activation of neural systems, neuroimmune interactions, tissue level damages, social and also psychological domains. All these mechanisms play a potential role in sensorimotor detection to pain. The work of the brain is to detect how severe a condition is and then it makes a decision on which course of action to take. If the brain finds the situation potentially harmful, it will react by producing pain. When we experience pain, we will draw our full attention to it. Alternatively, if the brain finds there is no harm, it will not produce any pain. It means that it is not our bodies that produce the pain, but our brain. For instance, if you are experiencing pain, such as aching joints or muscle pain chiropractic care may help. This type of care also helps in maintaining a healthy spine and properly functioning joints, even if you do not feel any symptoms of pain.

Chiropractic Care

A chiropractor is a health care professional who treats the musculoskeletal system through manual manipulation of spinal vertebrae. Chiropractic therapy involves the use of hands and focuses on body parts and joints. A chiropractor uses adjustments to restore the functionality of joints and body parts. This type of manual manipulation helps the body to heal itself. Pain sensation is real, and no one can imitate it. It comes from the brain. Application of chiropractic adjustments reduces pain, thereby increasing movements hence improving body performance. Examples of things that can cause painful joints or back problems are:

  • Office work
  • Office work
  • Accidents
  • Work injuries
  • Household chores

For people who are experiencing neck, back pain, and some types of headaches, chiropractic care can be more effective than other treatment options like drugs.

Spinal Manipulation

Chiropractic care is based on spinal manipulation, but can also involve other types of treatments such as:

  • Manual therapies like acupuncture and heat therapies
  • Postural education includes learning how to sit, walk and stand
  • Exercise training in our working environments
  • An ergonomic practice that involves proficiency in the working environment

Those experiencing other types of musculoskeletal pains can also benefit from spinal manipulation. Spinal manipulation is the use of quick and robust hand pressure on the joint located between the two vertebral spinal columns. Chiropractic adjustments are meant to help patients get pain relief and be able to manage their condition comfortably at home.

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