Chiropractors perform spinal adjustments to correct subluxations. Subluxations can compromise spinal health and the healthy function of the nervous system. The term ‘adjustment’ refers to the specific force chiropractors apply to vertebrae. The objective of the chiropractic adjustment is to reduce the subluxation, and thereby increase range of motion, reduce nerve irritability, reduce muscle spasm, reduce pain and improve function. The chiropractic adjustment is a quick thrust applied to a vertebra to correct position, movement or both.
Adjustments are often accompanied by an audible release of gas in the spinal joints that sounds like a crack or a popping sound. Occasionally, minor discomfort is experienced after an adjustment, especially if the surrounding muscles are in spasm or the person tenses up during the chiropractic procedure. There are times when the audible cracking sound does not occur. This may be because there is significant muscle tightness or because the person can’t relax during their adjustments.
The goal of a spinal adjustment is to restore the body to its natural state of optimal health. In order to accomplish this, chiropractors use and recommend a variety of natural healing methods, including adjustments, massage, trigger point therapy, nutrition, supplements, exercise, rehabilitation, and counseling on lifestyle issues that impact a patient’s health. The primary focus of chiropractic is to remove those things that interfere with the body’s natural healing ability.
Some chiropractors adjust the extremities and use other forms of physiological therapeutics including the use of electrical stimulation, ultrasound, traction, neuromuscular re-education, and a variety of manual and stretching therapies. Many chiropractor offices are now full service wellness centers that provide a variety of services. Chiropractic doctors understand that the body has an innate wisdom or healthy energy that will support perfect health and well-being if we allow it to do so. The ultimate focus of chiropractic care is to remove any physiological block(s) that will compromise the innate wisdom of the body.