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Why Chiropractic Adjustments Don’t Hold

Common experience with chiropractic

Anyone who has experienced chiropractic treatments likely knows that sometimes the “adjustments” just don’t seem to stay in place. Even chiropractors admit that and attribute it to the lack of exercise or some muscle or nerve issue. In this article, we’ll explain why this phenomenon occurs.

But first we need to bring up one very important feature of the human body. At any given time, regardless of how injured, bent-up or crooked a body is, it’s always trying to balance itself such that your eyes are in line with the horizon. It does that by counter-balancing the forces that are trying to throw it off due to structural injuries. In essence, your body is a self-balancing machine when it comes down to its mechanics. This is significant, so remember this as your read on.

The chiropractic approach

The central theme of chiropractic is identifying the vertebrae that go out of place, called subluxations, and then manually moving them back to their natural positions, called adjustments. However, the assumption is that a vertebra that’s not lined up with the spine needs to be pushed back into place so it’s aligned with the spine. Hence the emphasis on misalignments and why they need to be fixed.

What this profession has been missing all along in its 125 years of history is that some bones in the body can be out of their natural position due to the self-balancing feature of the body mechanics. Which means that they don’t just go out of alignment, but are pulled away by muscular effort in order to compensate for a prior injury.

This is not another chicken-egg conundrum, the exact reason behind it has been scientifically observed, documented, and applied to fix bodies for the past 3+ decades. Let me explain.

Two types of bone misalignments

As it turns out, there are two types of bones that go out of place: those that the body can self-correct and those that it can’t because there are no muscles available to pull them into place. The bones, and this goes for more than just the vertebrae, that the body can self-correct but does not are displaced to compensate for the out-of-place bones that can’t be self-corrected by the body.

The actual problem that takes place in the body is a bone goes out of place in one part of the body enough to throw it off and, in an attempt to keep you upright, the body’s self-regulating mechanism kicks in. The body triggers necessary muscles to pull and hold a bone or set of bones in order to compensate for the injury that just took place.

This usually happens promptly after an injury, within moments of you trying to get up and function normally, although your symptoms may develop over the following days or weeks. The body needs this compensation in place before it can resume routine activities. The biggest oversight of the chiropractic profession is that they perform adjustments indiscriminately.

Body’s response to chiropractic manipulation

Graphic showing results from a Spinal Thermography scanSo when your chiropractor runs a spinal thermography scan to show you the area of subluxations, they might be looking at bones that are displaced by the body to self-balance. Even though it may cause symptoms and, potentially, impaired muscle and nerve function, these bones must be left alone. These vertebrae were put in their subluxed positions by the body for a reason. When you “fix” such vertebral displacements, it almost always puts the body in a more compromised position until it manages to reset that compensation.

If the body can’t reset the compensation immediately for any reason, you feel horrible and notice that the treatment harmed rather than helping the body.

That explains why chiropractic adjustments either don’t seem to hold or present a completely new set of symptoms that you never experienced before. It also explains why your visits to the chiropractor never stop even though the treatments are not able to fix your structure once and for all. It’s not uncommon for folks to be regularly visiting their chiropractors for decades until finally attributing their poor structure to old age.

Does you health practitioner look healthy?

Probably the most ironical point it explains is why most chiropractors themselves have collapsed posture. They either appear to be uptight as they try to hold their posture, or slouch, or have their head in a forward position.

Some get frustrated with the lack of consistent results within their practice and either change profession or diversify into other services like nutritional supplements, acupuncture, tissue work etc. Meanwhile, they continue their struggle with own symptoms – these are the stories of most of the chiropractors who finally found and started practicing Advanced BioStructural Correction.


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