Studies have shown that small muscles that attach to individual vertebrae in the spine can become tight due to a variety of reasons including injury, repetitive bad posture, and overuse. The tight muscles twist the vertebra so that the vertebra becomes misaligned or stuck. These joints are usually tender to touch and often cause pain when the person moves in certain directions, although they may not experience pain at rest. These dysfunctional vertebral segments lead to changes in the postural position information at the spine sends to the brain.
The brain monitors and integrate all incoming sensory information. This allows it to correctly formulate and execute the movement commands it requires. So, if a stuck spinal joint doesn’t send accurate position feedback to the brain then this can cause all sorts of issues. For example, when the brain is planning to move your legs or arms, it also needs to take into account where are your spine is to make allowances in the body for balance and stability. When there is a spinal segment that is misaligned, it has been found that the brain does not send these so-called feedforward messages and therefore does not stabilise body which is likely to worsen a person’s condition.
Chiropractic care seem to impact our brains inner reality, by restoring the proper processing and integration of sensory information which re-calibrates the way our brain controls our body so we can move and function normally again.