Chiropractic adjustments have long been regarded as a mysterious yet effective way to alleviate pain and enhance overall well-being. But how exactly does this type of manual adjustment work? The answer lies in understanding the intricate relationship between the spine, nervous system, and the body’s ability to heal itself.

At the core of chiropractic care is the belief that proper alignment of the spine is essential for optimal health. The spine, a complex structure of bones (vertebrae), houses the spinal cord — a vital part of the central nervous system. When the spine is misaligned due to factors like poor posture, injury, or stress, it can put pressure on the nerves, leading to pain and various health issues.

Chiropractors use their hands or specialized instruments to apply controlled force to specific joints, aiming to correct these misalignments, also known as subluxations. When a chiropractic adjustment is performed, several physiological responses occur.


One key aspect is the release of gases within the joint fluid. This process, called cavitation, creates the audible popping sound often associated with adjustments. As joint surfaces are separated, gas bubbles are formed and then quickly collapse, releasing energy and producing the sound. This release is a natural and harmless phenomenon. Although this popping or cracking is often part of a chiropractic adjustment, it is less prevalent in Dr. Laird’s adjustments due to the technique he uses.

Stimulating Proprioceptors

Chiropractic adjustments stimulate the body’s proprioceptors — specialized sensory receptors in muscles and joints. These receptors provide information to the brain about the body’s position in space. When a joint is adjusted, proprioceptors are activated, signaling the brain to readjust and optimize muscle tension around the joint. This process not only helps in realigning the spine but also aids in relieving muscle tension and improving mobility.

Improving Communication within the Body

Furthermore, chiropractic adjustments can enhance the communication between the brain and the rest of the body. By removing interference on the nerves, the body’s natural ability to heal itself is optimized. This improved communication can lead to reduced pain, better organ function, and an overall sense of well-being.

In essence, chiropractic adjustments leverage the body’s innate healing abilities by ensuring proper spinal alignment and nervous system function. By understanding the science behind these adjustments, individuals can appreciate the holistic approach of chiropractic care in promoting health and vitality.

To schedule your appointment with Dr. Laird and learn more about his unique approach, call our office today.