The most common procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as “spinal manipulation,” also known as a “chiropractic adjustment.” The purpose of spinal manipulation is to RELIEVE PAIN & restore joint mobility. This is accomplished by manually applying a controlled force into joints of the spine that have become restricted in normal movement.
Muscle strains, ligament sprains, tissue damage, disc herniation, and spinal misalignment can be caused by a single traumatic event (improper lifting, slip / fall, accident) or through repetitive stress (prolonged sitting / standing, poor posture, repetitive motion). The injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and decreased function.
Adjusting Restricted Joints:
- Restores Mobility
- Alleviates Pain
- Decreases Muscle Tightness
- Allows for Tissues to Heal Properly
The purpose of an adjustment is not to restore “alignment”. Your body is not static and the goal of this therapy is not to move bones to the left or to the right, but to restore a specific joint to a state of normal function. The “pop” or “crack that is sometimes heard is called a cavitation. This happens when space is created in a joint. This space allows for synovial fluid to lubricate the joint surfaces, restoring motion and reducing dysfunction. You may have heard the term “subluxation” before. A Subluxation is an outdated term referring to misalignments of the joints.
Early Chiropractors believed that correcting these misalignments released an innate intelligence, allowing the body to heal itself. It was believed that all disease, or –dis ease- came from the spine and could be healed by maintaining spinal alignment. We now know that diseases have a complex pathophysiology, however spinal adjustments have been proven to be very effective in a variety of musculoskeletal conditions:
- Neck Sprain / Strains
- Mid Back Pain
- Lower Back Pain
- Numbness / Tingling Sensations
- “Shooting” Pains
- Muscle Spasms
- Pregnancy Related Back Pain