The adjustment is considered a safe, natural, noninvasive procedure used by the chiropractor to restore and improve health of the spine. Learning the art of adjusting is a skill that requires years of study and practice. Chiropractic doctors are the only health care professionals trained to deliver the chiropractic adjustment.
- What Is A Spinal Adjustment?
- When Should Spinal Adjustments Be Given?
- What Do Spinal Adjustments Do?
- The Non-Spinal Adjustment
What Is A Spinal Adjustment?
In basic terms, the spinal adjustment (or spinal manipulation) refers to the process by which the doctor of chiropractic skillfully applies controlled force into one or more misaligned vertebrae of the spine. The adjustment is also frequently used in the pelvic region to normalize the sacroiliac joints and extremities to keep the hands, the arms, legs, knees and feet aligned and functioning optimally. The adjustment is usually delivered using the hands or through the use of a specialized mechanical tool.
When Should Spinal Adjustments Be Given?
Spinal adjustments are applied to certain vertebrae of the spine which are no longer in their proper position, or where functioning has become impaired. Vertebrae which lose their normal position or proper motion are commonly termed vertebral subluxations. The chiropractor uses a number of unique tests and procedures to determine which, if any, vertebrae are subluxated. If subluxations are found, immediate correction is generally indicated. Since, like cavities, subluxations are not always painful during the initial stages, even those who are not experiencing back or neck discomfort should receive periodic spinal checkups.
What Do Spinal Adjustments Do?
Adjusting helps correct vertebral subluxations. Correcting subluxations reduces pain and inflammation, reduces muscle spasm and tension, normalizes spinal biomechanics and, more importantly, may remove nerve irritation and interference which may improve overall health and wellness of the individual. Chiropractic adjustments are the only way to eliminate vertebral subluxations and only the chiropractor is trained to detect subluxations and deliver the chiropractic spinal adjustment to correct subluxations.
The Non-Spinal Adjustment
In addition to adjusting the spine and pelvis, almost every other joint of the body can be adjusted by the chiropractor. This includes the joints of the hands and feet, wrists and ankles, elbows and knees, shoulders and hips, ribs and the jaw. In fact, some chiropractors are even trained in techniques to adjust the sutures (joints) of the skull.
Like the joints of the spine, joints in the extremities can also become misaligned and fixated. Chiropractic adjustive techniques may restore and enhance extremity joint functioning which may increase the life of the joint and keep wear and tear to a minimum. This is of special interest to athletes, who generally demand optimal joint performance from highly stressed joints. Adjusting may provide an immediate increase in joint range of motion and also supply the joint with nutrients, as motion is a way to bring nutrients into the joint cartilage and flush waste products out.