chiropractic adjustments

What exactly are chiropractic adjustments?

A chiropractic adjustment, also known as chiropractic manipulation, manual manipulation, or spinal manipulation, is a common therapeutic treatment for lower back pain and spinal injuries. It’s a procedure in which trained specialists (chiropractors) use their hands or a small instrument to apply a controlled, sudden force to a spinal joint. The goal is to correct structural alignment and improve your body's physical function.

Many patients report a sense of well-being or a feeling of calmness after having an adjustment, while others feel improved mobility. Inflammation or muscle spasms may delay these positive effects but most chiropractors can help make adjustments comfortable and effective.

A study conducted by the New Zealand government concluded that chiropractic adjustments are "extremely safe." Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever is about 100 times more risky. Even newborns and children can receive adjustments to repair the damage caused from the birth process, learning to walk, or other childhood trauma. Adjustments are tailored to each patient's age, size and individual spinal problem. As with any profession, after years of training each chiropractor develops a variety of methods and become skilled in their delivery.

When the 24 bones that protect the spinal cord lose their normal position or motion, delicate nerve tissue can become choked or irritated. A chiropractic adjustment corrects vertebral subluxations. If a thorough examination reveals malfunctioning areas of the spine, chiropractic adjustments are recommended to help correct this malfunction.
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