What is an Adjustment: Neurological Welcome to part two of Dr. Mike’s “What is an Adjustment?” series! With his help, we’re taking a look deep into what’s happening in the body when you get a chiropractic adjustment. Yesterday, he told us all about the mechanics behind the chiropractic adjustment, but today, let’s dive into how it can affect you neurologically.

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Your spinal cord is housed inside your spine where it is safe and protected by strong, bony vertebrae. As your spine moves out of place from falls and traumas you had in your childhood and later years, it brings the spinal cord with it.

This means you can’t misalign the spine without affecting the spinal cord.

The area of the spinal cord that is affected by postural misalignments has effects on different areas of the body.

Take the upper neck for example, which is often misaligned during birth. This is why newborns tilt their heads to one side more than the other when they’re sleeping.

Their upper neck is misaligned, and this causes pressure on the spinal cord in the area of the C1/C2 vertebrae, and the nerves that come out of and from the spinal cord in that area travel to the eyes, ears, nose and throat.

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So a newborn (or adult) will likely suffer from issues related to these organs if their C1 or C2 are misaligned. The child may have to have tubes put in their ears; the adult might suffer from recurring strep throat or headaches.

Adjusting the C1/C2 vertebrae can help reduce or eliminate these issues altogether by reducing pressure on the spinal cord in that area, leading to proper function of the related organs.

Dr. Michael McGovern, D.C. Portrait

Dr. Michael McGovern, D.C., is an associate chiropractor at Chiro One Wellness Center of Vernon Hills and contributing writer for the Be Well blog. He earned his doctorate in chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic and specializes in nutrition, hormone balancing, sleep optimization, vitamin therapy and adrenal fatigue.