What is a Chiropractic Adjustment?
Chiropractic Adjustment (also known as chiropractic manipulation) is a common therapeutic treatment for lower back pain. This chiropractic treatment realigns the vertebrae that have moved out of place, which can be due to a number of reasons ranging from normal daily activity to trauma such as a car accident.
What is the Objective?
The objective of a chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is to reduce vertebral subluxation, which is when one or more of the bones of your spine (vertebrae) move out of position and creates pressure on or irritate your spinal nerves. With this treatment, the result is an increased range of motion, reduced nerve irritability, and improved function.
How Does It Work?
A chiropractor utilizes their hands or an instrument to apply pressure to move a vertebrae back into place. This happens with a quick movement and is often without discomfort. You may hear a noise that sounds like you are cracking your knuckles. This is referred to as joint cavitation. It is the release of gases such as oxygen and nitrogen from the joint.
What are the Benefits?
- Decreased pain/analgesia
- Reduction of spasm
- Increased range of motion
- Breaking down of scar tissue
- Breaking down of adhesion within the joint
- Reduction of painful stimuli into the spinal cord
Chiropractic adjustments are an excellent way to keep the body functioning at its highest level. The body is able to respond and perform as it was designed to when the body is in alignment.