At the moment Dr. Greif corrects your vertebral subluxation complex (“subluxation”), hundreds, if not thousands of body functions and activities are affected. The flow of the nerve impulses over your brain, spinal cord, spinal and other nerves to your internal organs and tissues is normalized and your body begins to rebalance, renew and rebuild itself.
Peace and Relaxation
Chiropractic affects more than physical well-being. Many patients have reported a feeling of deepening peace and relaxation just after an adjustment. Some have described a warm feeling flowing to various parts of their bodies that’s very soothing. Some feel very relaxed or energetic, or both!
Most chiropractic patients find the problems that brought them to their chiropractor soon begin to lessen after their first few visits while there are some people who feel no difference after initial adjustments. That does not necessarily mean they are not receiving any benefit, as healing may be occurring under the surface. Occasionally a person may initially feel muscle soreness or some other uncomfortable feeling after an adjustment.
What Causes These Reactions?
- You are experiencing a detoxification or cleansing of your body after the adjustment. It’s good to drink a lot of water afterwards (and all the time.)
- Weak, underused muscles may be working to realign your spine; they may become sore or “charley horse” for a brief period.
- Old injuries that haven’t healed completely may “reawaken” for more complete healing. Memories and feelings associated with the original injury may also come to the surface. This phenomenon is known as “retracing” and is part of the healing process. Chiropractic patients have at times noticed their dreams are unusual, intense or revealing after a chiropractic spinal adjustment.
- Some people are in such good general health they may feel no difference, while others may feel no difference for the opposite reason – they are so ill or toxic that they have lost sensitivity to their body.
As You Continue Your Care
As you continue your chiropractic care and your spine and nervous system continue to release deep stresses you may begin to notice:
- Better balance, smoother movement and more energy
- Increased awareness of your spine and body stress
- Increased ability to breathe more deeply
- More emotional relaxation
- You may spontaneously change your eating habits, feel an increased desire to exercise, go for walks or find more ways to relax
The Most Important Benefits
The true benefits of the adjustment are usually found below the level of consciousness. When the nerve communication to the heart, lungs, joints, skin, eyes, ears, sexual organs, and the brain itself are improved, the true benefits of chiropractic are experienced.
Quality of Life
Studies have revealed that people under chiropractic care experience wellness in many areas of their lives. Chiropractic patients in two studies reported improved physical and mental/emotional health, better ability to deal with stress and more life enjoyment.[i][ii] In another study, patients reported improved physical functioning, less bodily pain, improved general health, greater vitality, social functioning and improved mental health.[iii]
Chiropractic has been especially effective with improving the life of the elderly. In one study of people 75 years of age and older, those under chiropractic care enjoyed better overall health, fewer chronic conditions, less days in nursing homes and hospitals, more mobility and were less likely to use prescription drugs than non-chiropractic patients. 87% of chiropractic patients described their health as excellent compared to just 67.8% of non-chiropractic patients.[iv]
What Can YOU Expect?
Chiropractic care is individualized; the care you receive will be unique for your body needs and the benefits you receive will be unique for you. Be sensitive to your body and communicate with Dr. Greif – let him or her know exactly what changes you may be experiencing after your adjustments.
[i] Marino MJ, Phillippa ML. A longitudinal assessment of chiropractic care using a survey of self-rated health wellness & quality of life: a preliminary study. JVSR. 1999; 3(2).
[ii] Blanks RHI, Schuster Tl, A retrospective assessment of network care using a survey of self-rated health, wellness and quality of life. JVSR 1997; 1(4).
[iii] Owens EF, Hoiriis TL, Burd D. Changes in general health status during upper cervical chiropractic care: PBR report. Chiropractic Research Journal. 1998; V(1).
[iv] Study associates chiropractic with better health in the elderly. Today’s Chiropractic. November/December 1996. Originally published by the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research.