Adaptability is “the ability to change your ideas or behaviour so that they are suitable for different conditions, a new environment, etc, in order to deal with the new situation successfully”. – Collins English Dictionary
In real life a great example of this is when your hands get wrinkled in the bath, this is your body adapting to the conditions to actually improve your grip when your hands are wet and reduce your chances of falling. Or in the case of the lovely picture above, the chameleon adapts to it’s surrounding by using colour to blend in – not that we do that!
Our bodies are constantly adapting to the environment and also the demands we put on it, that’s why we gradually find exercise easier and why repetitive strains take time to build up (although this is a failure to adapt).
To me as a Chiropractor this is really important for our patients as one of our primary focuses is function, how that function has altered and how we can alter it to improve and restore function. This ties in with adaptability as the greater the adaptability the more resilience our bodies have and the greater our bodies can cope with the strains that we put through it.
One research paper that focuses on improved function is a study that looked at improved muscle strength after an adjustment, even when there was a muscle imbalance. This highlights the impact that Chiropractic has, not just on pain but on the function on the nervous system and the body as a whole.
When a patient attends our clinic with symptoms (secondary conditions) it is usually due to a failure to adapt to those strains that are being placed on it, this has resulted in altered function (neuro-segmental dysfunction). By working with the individual to remove this altered function we are effectively aiming to allow their body to restore and gain a greater degree of adaptability.
When we have more adaptability we are more likely to work to our full potential and be more resilient.
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