Will Adjustments Make My Spine Too Loose?

by Chiropractors Brighton on May 14, 2009

tight_rope_walker_530wMaybe you may have heard this concern voiced by those who don’t fully understand how chiropractic works, or they don’t know what chiropractic adjustments actually do.

Most spinal problems come in pairs. Usually there’s an area of the spine that is stuck, fixated and not moving properly and this is often accompanied by one or more areas somewhere else in the spine that compensate by moving too much. Sometimes these areas are immediately adjacent to stuck areas and sometimes they can be at the opposite end of the spine!

We call these compensation reactions.

Gravity constantly affects your spine. Like a tightrope walker trying to maintain his balance, when one area of your spine malfunctions, an equal and opposite reaction can appear elsewhere. Patients are often surprised that we examine their lower back when their primary complaint is in their upper neck, or vice versa, but when you understand about compensation reactions, it is easy to understand why your Chiropractor adjusts other areas of the spine as well.

The goal of the chiropractor is to avoid the compensations, and focus attention on the primary subluxation. The spinal joints that move too much are avoided so muscles and ligaments can stabilize and heal. When motion is added to stuck spinal joints, areas that are too loose can heal properly.

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