Seeing a chiropractor for maintainence care can prevent the onset of problems later on. The theory is that a chiropractor should be able to detect and correct any changes in movement patterns throughout your spine and other joints, allowing proper motion. The same is true for changes in muscle length and strength.
The analogy here is that of a chain, if you have a chain where one segment is stuck and not moving, the rest of the links have to accommodate and provide that extra motion, resulting in extra wear and tear of those joints, and extra force being placed through the stuck link. The same is true for your body, if you have a sore knee, you limp or alter the way you walk, increasing force through the hip and ankle. In keeping your body moving well, these extra wear and tear problems can be avoided, as can acute injuries which may be caused by improper movement patterns (i.e. if you are running and you are using poor form because of tight hamstrings etc. there is a greater chance you will roll your ankle due to technique issues).
The other thing to consider is that the adjustments aren't solely aimed at improving the function of joints. The spine houses the spinal cord, which provides neurological input to all areas of the body. It stands to reason that stresses on the spine affect proper function of the spinal cord, and that this may result in impairment of nerve control elsewhere in the body, which may lead to injury.
Hope this helps.
- Dr. A
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