Every aspect of body movement is guided and controlled automatically by systems such as:
1) Muscle length. A muscle can be shortened by scar tissue, by exercise, by injury, by surgery, and by genetics. It can be lengthened by stretching and deep tissue work.
2) Muscle memory. This is a stored memory pattern in the collective memory of your muscles. It controls what muscles fire and how they fire, in which order and how much.
3) Cerebellar memory. The cerebellum is a lobe of your brain that is in the very back of the skull. It is in charge of fine motor coordination which means that the messages of muscle contraction that originate in your cerebral cortex are filtered and refined in the cerebellum to produce very fine and very well coordinated contraction of the muscles that are necessary to do the job at hand.
So, how we move every part of our body is controlled by these automatic memories that have been programmed into us over our entire lifetime. The older we are, the deeper the programming, the harder to change. And that brings us to subluxation. By definition subluxation is when these patterns of motion are damaging to the health of our spine and our nerves, and increase the wear and tear on our joints, and accelerate the degenerative processes of time, life, and gravity. So, while these motion patterns may appear “normal” to us they are actually very abnormal. Therefore, we call them Abnormal Normals. Another term we use is negative neurological habit patterns. But abnormal normals is simpler.
The main purpose of chiropractic adjustments on a weekly basis over a long period of time is to be able to identify these patterns and provide an interruption to the patterns, and to encourage new and healthier patterns of motion to the subluxated spinal joints. It is a very complex process that took years or decades typically to get to the way it now is and, therefore, will take some time to correct.
This is why we have Initial Intensive, Reconstructive, and Wellness Care programs. It may only take a few visits to help someone feel better, but without a corrective program, the same abnormal normal patterns will just keep returning. As always it is your choice what we do, but as always, the best results are in the correction of the cause rather than just the treatment of the symptoms. After all, it takes time to make abnormal normals just normal again.