What is Chiropractic Treatment?
Chiropractors use a variety of techniques to detect, locate, and correct subluxations found throughout the body. At the center of chiropractic treatment is the adjustment, sometimes referred to as manipulation by allopathic physicians. An adjustment differs from a generalized manipulation in that it is delivered with a high degree of specificity and is aimed at accurately applying a controlled force to vertebrae that have abnormal movement patterns or are not functioning properly. The objective of the chiropractic adjustment is to reduce the subluxation, which results in an increased range of motion, reduced nerve irritability, reduced muscle spasm, reduced pain, and improved function.
Adjustments are performed either by hand, or with an instrument. Sometimes a specific, highly accurate thrust is used. In other cases an instrument delivers carefully directed energy, or constant pressure is applied. Several areas may be adjusted, or just one. Adjustments are commonly accompanied by an audible release of gas in the spinal joint that sounds like a “crack” or a “pop”. Not all adjustments produce the sound, and in fact, some techniques are designed to move spinal bones without producing the sound.
Typically, patients will feel immediate relief following an adjustment. Occasionally, minor discomfort is experienced, especially if surrounding muscles are in spasm or if the person tenses up before the chiropractic treatment. With adjustments and other services, our goal is to help you restore your body to its natural state of health.
“Chiropractic is so much more than simply a means of relieving pain”