Chiropractic adjustment, spinal adjustment and spinal manipulation. These are all terms that mean the same. It is the act of correcting joints of the spine that are misaligned. This is what chiropractors do. Chiropractic adjustments are performed mainly by hand but is also done with specific adjusting tools. Chiropractic adjustments effectively reduce pain and restore normal function of the joints affected. Spinal manipulation has been documented as being used in ancient times by the Egyptians and by Hippocrates.
Most times there is a popping sound when a chiropractic adjustment is done. This sound is the result of air or nitrogen gas being released when the bones move. Adjustments are performed by applying specific pressure to the vertebrae involved and giving a quick thrust.
Special spring loaded or electronic instruments have been designed to perform chiropractic adjustments. Instrument adjusting often involves the most gentle techniques for performing spinal manipulation. It allows for an adjustment that is a higher velocity requiring less force to move the bones.
Chiropractic adjustments are widely used to help with various musculoskeletal problems and other conditions in the body by both adults and children. People seek out chiropractic care for conditions such as neck pain, back pain, headaches and numbness or tingling in the arms or legs. The effectiveness of the adjustment has been proven by the wide variety of health conditions that have improved after people receive their adjustments. Chiropractic adjustments are safe and effective. They also support the body’s natural ability to heal itself.