What is an Adjustment Accomplishing?
First and foremost the idea of "Bones out of Place" is an outdated concept in the chiropractic profession. The spine is composed of 24 individual segments and is dynamic in nature, meaning it is designed to move. The spine is held together by connective tissues; ligaments, tendons and muscles. Under magnification these tissues appear as wavy parallel fiber. Adhesions (scar tissue) can form as a result of injury or chronic stress reducing tissue elasticity.
The loss of elasticity can alter the motion of the joint. The altered movement and loading eventually result in inflammation and degenerative joint disease. Clinically, this will present as achy pain or stiffness. Left unchecked, faulty joint mechanics will lead to full-blown osteoarthritis.
Our approach to spinal care centers on the principle of remodeling the underlying adhesions or scar tissue which restores proper spinal movement and derails the degenerative cascade. The Adjustment quickly loads the damaged area and causes disruption of scar fibers. New fibers are laid down randomly, some of which align themselves correctly.
Repeatedly disrupting the scar fibers results in every increasing number of properly aligned fibers, improved movement dynamics and decreased loading of the joint. The number of visits to accomplish the remodeling can vary depending on other underlying factors such as the acute or chronic nature of the complaint, pre-existing degeneration, age and overall health status. As scar tissue is remodeled, joint movement is improved and irritation and inflamation quickly diminish. While it may take several visits to complete the remodeling process, the vast majority of our patients notice significant relief within the first 1-3 visits.