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Why is it important to get adjusted?

Dr. Dinkel adjusting a child.

I hear it all the time… “I don’t need to see a chiropractor, I stretch and do exercises regularly.”  Although these activities are also very important, a chiropractic adjustment is not even close to the same thing.

First, let’s talk about what an adjustment actually is.  We have all seen the person rotate their neck and crack it or do the same to their low back.  Same thing as an adjustment, right?  WRONG.  Chiropractors are trained to detect misalignments in the spine and use a gentle and precise force to correct the misaligned vertebra.  “Cracking” your neck and low back is doing nothing more than mobilizing hypermobile joints.

Next, why is getting adjusted important? These misaligned vertebrae are also known as a subluxation.  A subluxation disrupts the flow of nerve impulses that travel from your brain to your tissue and back from your tissue to your brain.  The common symptoms of a pinched nerve that we understand is numbness and tingling in the extremities.  What people don’t quite understand is that our brain controls all of our vital organs (stomach, intestines, lungs, sexual organs etc).  What if that subluxation is interrupting the flow to that organ?  You guessed it, the organs won’t function optimally.  This is why someone comes in to our clinic for back pain, and their IBS goes away with their low back symptoms.  Awesome, right?  We think so!

Ultimately, our body THRIVES when balanced or in a state of homeostasis.  Chiropractors are the only medical profession skilled in detecting and correcting subluxations.  We absolutely love seeing patients come in for pain relief, and slowly start to experience how well they function when not only out of pain but with an optimally functioning nervous system.

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