What Is a Chiropractic Adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment, also known as spinal manipulation, is a manual therapy technique used by chiropractors to address misalignments or restrictions in the spine and other joints of the body. These misalignments, called subluxations, can cause pain, limited mobility, and affect overall well-being. The goal of a chiropractic adjustment is to restore proper alignment, improve joint function, and promote the body’s natural healing abilities.
How Do Chiropractic Adjustments Work?
During a chiropractic adjustment, the chiropractor applies controlled and directed force to the affected joint or vertebra using their hands or specialized tools. The adjustment can involve quick, targeted thrusts, slow and sustained pressure, or gentle mobilization techniques. The specific technique used will depend on the patient’s condition, preferences, and the chiropractor’s expertise.
Benefits of Chiropractic Adjustments:
- Pain Relief: Chiropractic adjustments can provide effective relief from acute and chronic pain, including back pain, neck pain, headaches, and joint pain. By restoring proper alignment, pressure on nerves and surrounding tissues is reduced, alleviating discomfort.
- Improved Joint Function: Misalignments in the spine and joints can hinder mobility and restrict movement. Chiropractic adjustments help restore proper joint function, promoting flexibility and enhancing overall range of motion.
- Enhanced Nervous System Function: The nervous system, consisting of the brain, spinal cord, and nerves, controls and coordinates the body’s functions. By aligning the spine, chiropractic adjustments optimize nervous system function, allowing better communication between the brain and the body.
- Overall Wellness: Chiropractic care emphasizes the importance of a healthy spine in supporting overall well-being. Regular adjustments can help improve posture, boost immune system function, enhance sleep quality, and increase energy levels.