Chiropractic works by affecting the central nervous system which is composed of your brain and spinal cord. The manual adjustment of the spine has been proven to restore spinal function and actually change the way the brain functions. In its most simplest form this is crucial because spinal dysfunction is known to result in reduced postural control.
Postural control is important because it provides an accurate proprioceptive processing (where your body is in space) between the brain and your body. Without proper control of the neck, mid back or low back it is known to negatively affect our brain’s ability to stabilize the body, making it easier to trip or fall resulting in injury.
Spinal adjustments and extremity adjustments can change the way muscles are controlled. The adjustment has been shown to increase muscular strength to the adjacent muscle by ~20% following a chiropractic manipulation. This is crucial for proper muscle activation. Without the nerve firing to activate the muscle you will get less than ideal performance from that muscular tissue. This could have a huge impact on sports performance or even daily life activities.