Why get adjusted?
Here’s what the research had to say:
1. It’s good for your nervous system
Your nervous system controls and regulates every single function in your body.
Haldeman, S. Neurological Effects of the Adjustment. JMPT 2000; 23
2. It’s good for your posture
The author of the supporting paper also suggests that you may need more than one or two adjustments if you want to train yourself out of poor postural habits.
Troyanovich et al. Structural rehabilitation of the spine and posture: rationale for treatment beyond resolution of symptoms. JMPT 1998.
3. It keeps your joints young and make you more flexible
These studies show how an adjustment can help restore normal joint movement and help remove joint adhesions (and scar tissue) and also relax your muscles.
Nugent-Derfus GE, et al. Continuous passive motion applied to whole joints stimulates chondrocyte biosynthesis of PRG4. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2007 May;15(5):566-74.
Fox, M. Effect on hamstring flexibility of hamstring stretching compared to hamstring stretching and sacroiliac joint manipulation. Clinical Chiropractic – Volume 9, Issue 1, March 2006, Pages 21-32
4. It can make your muscles stronger and more flexible
Quite an in-depth explanation into why getting adjusted can improve neurological control and muscle strength.
Smith DL, Cox RH. Muscular strength and chiropractic: theoretical mechanisms and health implications. Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research 1999-2000; 3(4):1-13.
5. It can improve your coordination
Significant improvement to hand-eye coordination are noted in this article following a series of adjustments.
Dean L. Smith, DC, PhD, Marvin J. Dainoff, PhD, and Jane P. Smith, DC. & The effect of a Chiropractic adjustment on movement time… Fi
6. It keeps you going
Chiropractic maintenance care was associated with lower work disability recurrence of back pain when compared to physical therapist or physician services.
J Occup Environ Med. 2011 Apr;53(4):396-404. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21407100
7. It helps you grow old gracefully
7 year study demonstrate significant reduction in certain medical interventions and cost by patients who sought ongoing chiropractic care (when compared to conventional medicine). 60% less hospitalisation and 75% less medication in the over 65 years old.
Sarnat, R.L., J. Winterstein, and J.A. Cambron, Clinical utilization and cost outcomes from an integrative medicine independent physician association: an additional 3-year update. J Manipulative Physiol Ther, 2007. 30(4): p. 263-9.
8. It’s an effective treatment for back pain
Chiropractic came out on top in this article relative to hospital out-patient physiotherapy treatment.
Meade et al. Low back pain of mechanical origin: randomised comparison of chiropractic and hospital outpatient treatment. British Medical J, 1991.