Understanding the Concept of a Spinal Adjustment

By Stepy Kamei

To anyone who is unfamiliar with the nature of chiropractic care, the concept of an "adjustment" may seem strange, confusing, or even downright painful. The truth is that a chiropractic adjustment is one of the safest and most effective all-natural treatments available to us today. You may be wanting to know a little more about what an adjustment is, how it is performed, and what exactly it can do for your overall health and well-being. Once you gain a better understanding of this field of medicine, you'll more than likely see why it is so often considered a safe, reliable, and effective treatment plan by many people around the world. After all, knowledge is power.

What is an Adjustment?

Broken down to its most basic definition, a chiropractic adjustment involves a manual manipulation of the spinal column. It is a completely natural process which does not involve the use of medicine, tools, or risky procedures. 

During the start of a typical chiropractic session, the chiropractor will first ask if you are experiencing any pain, discomfort, or other symptoms. With this information, the chiropractor will begin to examine your spinal column, searching in particular for any misalignments, or vertebral subluxations, which may have occured. These misalignments can be caused by injuries, stress, overworking or straining the muscles, or just general wear and tear on the body over time. A chiropractor aims to use an adjustment as a safe and effective way to correct these misalignments and bring the spinal column back into its proper posture. Adjustments are performed through the use of manual manipulation techniques. The chiropractor will use their hands to perform manipulations and adjustments to the spine and surrounding soft tissues. This can be done using short, forceful applications of pressure, or longer and broader strokes applied to the area. 

What to Expect

When an adjustment is performed, the patient may hear a loud popping or clicking sound. This is nothing to be alarmed about; it is completely normal. The other thing a patient will more than likely experience is a sense of relief throughout the entire body. Many patients of chiropractic report better sleep, reduced stress, and less physical pain after just one chiropractic adjustment session. However, it's best to look at chiropractc care as an ongoing treatment program for the body. Come on in to The Joint Chiropractic today to see what an adjustment can do for your overall health and wellness -- no appointment necessary!