Chiropractic adjustment is a proven method of care designed to optimize the function of the nervous system. During a manual adjustment, the chiropractor uses his or her hands and the patient’s own body weight to adjust specific joints and relieve stress on the nerves.
Chiropractic adjustments usually are performed on the spinal areas, back or neck, however, the extremities may also be successfully adjusted. During the manipulation, patients are positioned in a variety of methods so that the chiropractor may perform the bone and joint manipulation with the minimum amount of force.
The chiropractor carefully bends and twists and administers gentle thrusts against specific joints that require attention. Many patients hear popping or cracking sounds during their adjustments. These noises are completely normal and do not indicate injury. They represent nitrogen gas bubbles being released from inside the lubricating fluid of the joint. The amount of noise does not have anything to do with the effectiveness of the manipulation.
The manual adjustment technique is designed to properly align the bones of the spine and extremities and to alleviate any pinching or irritation of the nerves. Manual adjustment may improve range and quality of movement throughout the body, decrease stress and tension, and increase vitality while improving overall health.
Chiropractic adjustments have been shown to be safe, effective, and cost much less than the surgical alternatives. They are often performed in conjunction with additional treatments such as physical therapy, electrical stimulation (TENS Units), spinal decompression therapy, and potentially pain management with medications or interventional procedures by pain doctors.