Chiropractic manipulation is an extremely fast and effective means of restoring joint function, it is safe and pain free. Whereas massage is used for tight muscles, think of chiropractic as treatment for tight joints. With all the forces we sustain throughout life, our joints steadily become more and more restricted in their range of motion. Prolonged slouching at your desk, rapid changes in direction during sport, monotonous tasks in manual labour jobs, and even gravity bearing down on your body, are all examples of forces we subject ourselves to regularly. These repetitive forces accumulate over time and ultimately lead to joint degeneration, otherwise known as arthritis.
Delivering a manipulative force (otherwise known as an adjustment) to a restricted joint is done so to restore proper motion at the articulate segment. Concurrently, in delivering this controlled force, there is profound stimulation of the nerves surrounding the joint that is communicated to the brain thus reinforcing the increased range of motion now present at the previously restricted joint. Most people can relate to feeling “stiff and sore”, and appreciate how a massage might be relaxing and make them feel “looser”. Oftentimes however, the “tightness” that people feel comes from a deeper point in the body, the joints. Joints become restricted when subjected to large and/or repetitive forces. If joints remain restricted of their full range of motion, the body will have reduced access to power and flexibility and ultimately become arthritic.
Unfortunately, we are all subject to the aging process, and we experience degrees of wear and tear within our bodies as we grow older. Taking advantage of chiropractic care however, may prevent premature degeneration of your joints and see you maximising their lifespan.
The practitioners at The Physicaltherapy Centre use manual adjusting techniques. This means, we do not use instruments, nor movable parts of a treatment bench to carry out spinal manipulation. Instead we use our hands and body. We will always seek your consent prior to adjusting you, and can modify our techniques to accommodate your level of comfort.
Massage is for tight muscles, chiropractic is for tight joints. This is a great way to communicate where and when chiropractic care is useful. Manipulation is a highly advanced skill developed through years of practice. It is used by many therapists, not just chiropractors. For me, no treatment is complete without some form of joint mobilising or manipulation – a therapist should never neglect the joints. — Tom