Gravitational Pattern Alignment Chiropractic Technique
“GPA is based on Newton’s Third Law and its effect on the human body. When any body part is out of alignment, gravity immediately forces the body to rebalance. This creates distortions throughout the musculoskeletal chain. The goal of GPA is to the create a symmetrically balanced upright posture relative to the downward stress of the gravity, so it:
- Identifies structural misalignment
- Corrects and balances skeletal structure
- Creates perfect posture
GPA not only identifies misalignment, its unique approach corrects cause as well as effect. It gives you a completely different perspective from which to act: It’s structural.
Why get Chiropractic Adjustments?
Many things can lead to a vertebral subluxation. Some of the more common causes I’ve found are:
A vertebra going out of place (“misalignment”) because of a slip or fall (i.e., “macrotrauma”).
The entire spine misalignment globally due to poor posture.
Joint swelling caused by damage done to the intervertebral joint.
An inflammatory response caused by a poor diet, lack of pure water or psychological stress.
Osteoporosis or degenerative changes of the spine or intervertebral discs.
Trigger points and tight back muscles that pull the vertebrae out of place.
There is a reason why athletes both today and in the past, like Michael Phelps, Jerry Rice and Joe Montana, are under regular chiropractic care. In fact, over 50 percent of NFL teams have a chiropractor on staff.
Because it is so effective at pain-based and pathological conditions, one of the most overlooked aspects of chiropractic care is that it enhances personal and athletic performance.
Studies have shown that it:
Reduces inflammatory cytokines
Boosts your immune system
Enhances pulmonary function
Decreases mental and oxidative stress
Relieves muscle tension
And can naturally increase your energy level
Studies have even proved, objectively and subjectively, that chiropractic patients experience “overall increased bodily function,” which includes bowl regularity and mental clarity.
Basically, because it helps place your body in the position where it can heal itself, chiropractic adjustments can free your immune system up to focus on keeping you healthy, which enhances your ability to think, move and perform.
5 benefits of chiropractic adjustment
While many different treatment options may provide some relief, chiropractic adjustments and treatments are the go-to option for millions of people around the world. Why? Because adjustments are not only non-invasive and cost effective, they work. Here are five reasons why.
1) Speeds pain relief
Chiropractors can usually quickly identify the mechanical issues that are causing your spine-related pain and provide some near-immediate relief with a series of adjustments. Patients often walk out of appointments feeling noticeably better and report that their symptoms go away faster than when they use other treatments.
2) Restores motion in your joints
Part of the reason chiropractic adjustments can be so effective is because they help restore movement to areas that have “locked up” and may be impinging nerves. When your chiropractor makes an adjustment, it helps the muscles surrounding stiff joints to relax, which is important to restoring normal mobility.
3) Helps your body function to its fullest potential
Chiropractic adjustments treat more than just localized pain. By helping restore normal function and movement to entire parts of your body, adjustments can have an impact on your overall ability to move efficiently and with full strength.
4) May help with overall well-being and stress reduction
When you’re in pain and can’t go about your regular or favorite activities, it can be hard on your body and mind. For example, stress about not being able to do your job could lead to increased blood pressure. Discomfort could lead to trouble sleeping. Not to mention, you may not be able to do your regular exercise routine. Adjustments can help you maintain better overall health by helping speed your recovery.
5) Works for new or old trauma
It doesn’t matter if you have a recent back or neck injury or have been dealing with chronic pain, chiropractic adjustments can provide quick, noticeable relief. It can even help reduce pain and restore mobility in your shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees and feet. So if you tweaked your shoulder, sprained your ankle, are dealing with carpal tunnel syndrome in a wrist, or other issues in your extremities, consider chiropractic for a non-invasive way to reduce pain and get back to full strength faster.