The Science Behind Chiropractic Care

There’s sort of a mist of confusion over the chiropractic care field. At least that’s true for a lot of people who might have an inkling of what this type of service provides, but not really be able to articulate why it’s so important!


Let’s talk about this phenomenon and how to understand the science of chiropractic adjustment.


Subluxation and Symmetry


In a very basic fundamental sense, people believe that having a perfectly symmetric spine leads to improving various kinds of health problems. It’s the idea of natural balance and what you might describe as a yin/yang duality (or use some other kind of ancient or traditional symbolism to talk about holistic health.)


But then there’s the real science indicating that chiropractic can really be significantly effective for so many patients…


So let’s look a bit at that side of the equation.


Relieving Pressure


A lot of chiropractic subluxation or spinal reposturing involves relieving pressure on nerves.


We don’t question the science of treating nerve conditions in other kinds of care. For example, we don’t question the science of protecting the outer skin layers of the body (or the inner skin layers under the epidermis) in order to shield nerves from exposure that causes pain. We don’t do that in the dental industry either!


But people do sometimes question the same type of thing in the sense of chiropractic adjustment of the spine and relieving pressure of the nerves that might be caused by improper spinal calibration.


That’s one of the most fundamental arguments for including chiropractic care in the Western medicine lexicon in a more immediate way.


Study Information


In some other cases, scientists do studies to determine that chiropractic work can be effective for alleviating conditions.


This is where you might Google ‘chiropractic and airways’ to ask about things like allergies and asthma. You might talk about the studies that mention chiropractic in the context of sleep apnea.


This is a good example, because millions of Americans suffer from sleep apnea, but they don’t understand what’s causing it.


Sleep apnea is often caused by subtle alterations of body tissues around the airways. So it stands to reason that chiropractic care could in some cases improve these outcomes. But then scientists have done studies to actually show this.


In that context, it makes sense to consider chiropractic as a scientific method of care. But there’s still a lot of pushback on these types of ideas, simply because they change the traditional calculus of how our medical system is set up.


The bottom line is this – if you have a spinal impact from an auto accident, sports injury or anything else, you owe it to yourself to test out the chiropractic theory and get effective care. As with any kind of medical treatment, it may not provide comprehensive relief, but then again, it might be a very practical and effective solution. Things are different for each individual patient, so talk to medical professionals about your options for this kind of clinical work.


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