Welcome back to ask Dr. McCord our continued episode of our series addressing questions that may come up about how to live longer and stay healthier well into your 80s 90s stay healthier well into your 80s 90s and hundreds
Remember the idea is to die young as late as possible and we really try to excel with all the factors that would make a difference in helping you to do that in our aging population.
So today what I want to talk about and questions that come up quite often about this topic.
Well I see my friend kind of tork or twist their neck or bend backwards and it makes a pop.
Is that the same as chiropractic care. I like to call that do-it-yourself or DIY chiropractic care
So that’s what we’re going to address today try to answer that question for you.
Understanding that the spine is made of a series of Bones called vertebrae and each separated by a structure called a disk allows our bodies to be able to bend and flex and and move the way we’re capable of doing.
What happens is due to the physical impacts of stress, the vertebra can actually become misaligned or shoved out of position. What we call a subluxation and when that happens the body tries to protect the nervous system by restricting it.
A concept called restricted joints or loss of normal range of motion and I’m going to show you a three phase phase picture here that will highlight why that’s not possible to actually adjust yourself or to do your own self adjustment or self manipulation.
Looking at this on the far left you’ll see a picture of a spine bending and you’ll also see the comments there with an arrow to a red area below. That’s called restricted joints- that’s the subluxation.
In the middle part of the picture what you’re gonna see here is actually where a person is trying to torque bend and move. You may get a pop or a click or a snap that kind of thing and it might feel a little bit better but that doesn’t mean that it’s actually adjusting the major subluxation that’s been caused from the physical impactor stress that happened maybe days, weeks, years, or months ago and so it can feel a little bit better but it’s not really correcting the actual vertebra or the motor unit that’s actually subluxated or restricted.
What has to happen is a separate force that’s distinct while the patient is relaxing goes into the spine and as you can see corrects that specific area.
Here on your your right side you can see that the joint that’s released is the one that actually is the subluxated vertebra and that allows then the spine to bend and flex and move in its proper fashion allowing healing to occur. The reduction in inflammation actually allows the body to be restored in its normal function and reduces nerve pressure.
I hope that makes sense as to why it’s not possible for you to a really literally do it yourself adjust.
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