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May 10

Chiropractic adjustments are undoubtedly familiar to you, but how do they work? What happens during a chiropractic adjustment to cause pain to be relieved? What is it about a chiropractic adjustment that makes it so effective? Those are the questions a person might ask if they search for a "chiropractor near me."



When we adjust someone, we make a mechanical alteration of mechanical stimulus on a facet joint or disc material. Mechanical stimulus and pain/chemical stimulation are the two forms of stimuli that our bodies respond to. The pain stimulus is turned off when the mechanical stimulus is turned on.


So, what exactly is a pain or chemical stimulus? A drug or supplement you take, a cut, an insect bite, a burn, or any time the tissue, and hence the cells, are exposed to an outside chemical are all examples of chemical stimuli. Likewise, irritated tissue that has been strained, a herniated or painful disc, a pinched nerve, or torn or inflamed tissue from an injury are all chemical stimuli that induce pain.


What is a mechanical stimulus, and how does it work? 

Massage therapy, exercise, vibration, dry needling, ultrasound, motion, or chiropractic adjustment are all examples of mechanical stimulation. For example, a chiropractic adjustment works by delivering mechanical stimulation to the body. The pain or chemical stimulus is effectively switched off due to this mechanical stimulation.


The fewest are the mechanical receptors in your active range of motion in a specific joint. The passive range of motion has more mechanical sensors than the dynamic range, but the physiological range has the most without going into the danger zone and causing harm.


Running, jogging, and walking are all activities that activate the active range of motion. Motion stimulates mechanical sensors in the dynamic range of motion, so exercising with a stiff back usually feels good. That workout permits you to activate mechanical receptors in the functional capacity of movement.


Stretching feels good on your joints because the passive range of motion contains more mechanical receptors than the active range of motion. Massage, dry needling, and soft tissue therapy work so well. When you use the passive range of motion, you can access more mechanical receptors, which means you'll feel more alleviation.


We skip active and passive ranges of motion and move straight to the physiological range of motion while performing a chiropractic adjustment. Exercise, stretching, and massage all engage mechanical receptors in the joint, but a chiropractic adjustment stimulates many more. This stimulation causes a stream of mechanical sensations to be picked up by those receptors.


This stimulation activates neurotransmitters, which send signals to the brain to relax your muscles. However, when your brain is bombarded with mechanical stimulation, the pain receptors associated with chemical stimuli are virtually always turned off. This is why, after a chiropractic adjustment, you're in less pain than you were before.


There is also a nerve branch that travels to your core stabilizers, which are the muscles that support your spine, and as you get adjusted, this muscle's action potential threshold is impacted. The action potential threshold is the amount of activation required to activate a muscle. After a chiropractic adjustment, your core muscles start faster to support and protect your spine as quickly as possible.


All of these advantages occur as a result of your chiropractic adjustment. Many of our patients come to us in pain and leave feeling much better due to the benefits that arise within the body. Other therapies are frequently incorporated into a patient's treatment regimen to increase active and passive range of motion. Exercise stretches and soft tissue therapy is examples that work to block pain and increase mechanical receptors.


Adjustments may work miracles, but what happens during a chiropractic adjustment is based on some fascinating science. We can turn off the discomfort and give you quick relief by flooding your body and brain with mechanical stimulation.


Are you ready to schedule an appointment for a chiropractic adjustment so you can feel better sooner? At Peak Potential Family Chiropractic - Houston Heights, we use various techniques to deliver the mechanical stimulation you need to feel better. From manual adjustments to massage therapy, we can help you overcome your pain and live your best life. Contact us today to book an appointment!