Why do chiropractors adjust (treat) the whole spine even though you may have pain in only one area of your spine?
We see the spine as an integrated whole. What happens in one area affects another which can cause compensation reactions to occur quite commonly. For example, someone complaining of low back pain can often have an even more advanced problem in their upper neck. However it may not be producing symptoms yet. An absence of symptoms does not mean that everything is fine. A head misalignment may produce a problem in one's lower back. By addressing the neck issue despite it having a lack of symptoms, the back pain may resolve and result in a healthier spine.
Whilst chiropractic adjustments are specific and targeted, our focus is on the spine as a whole, not just the area which is causing discomfort.