A recent study (Wang & Li, 2010) showed that the mechanical forces our body is under on a daily basis change cellular function and even how our genes are expressed! This is HUGE! From a cellular level, we know that structure determines function in a large majority of cellular events, which is why it’s no surprise that tension in the musculoskeletal system can have a major impact on overall health.
In the chiropractic setting, this is important because tension and compression forces in the spine will change your cellular health. The reason is simple: when subluxation is present in the spine, it causes mechanical stresses in the joints and tension in muscles surrounding the spine. Chiropractic adjustments help to decrease the mechanical tension in joints and muscle, which may allow your body to improve cell signaling and function.