Chiropractic Adjustment

Chiropractic AdjustmentWhat is a Chiropractic Adjustment?

Chiropractic adjustment, which can also be known as spinal adjustment, spinal manipulation, or chiropractic manipulation, is a very common therapeutic treatment for people who suffer from lower back pain. This therapy is used to apply manipulation to the vertebrae that fail to function normally or have abnormal movement patterns. The goal of this treatment is to try to reduce subluxation, with the objective of reducing nerve irritability, increasing range of motion, and improving function.

Description of Chiropractic Adjustment

The treatment of chiropractic adjustment involves the following:

  • Applying a high velocity, short lever arm thrust to the vertebra
  • Accompanying joint cavitation (audible release of gas) caused by the release of carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and oxygen, which then releases joint pressure (cavitation)
  • Most of the time it is a relieving sensation, even though there have been reports of minor discomfort for a short amount of time. The discomfort is due to muscle spasms or if the patient is tense during the care

It is important to note that sometimes cracking or joint cavitation does not occur, usually as a result of the patient not being relaxed enough or significant muscle splinting during the chiropractic adjustment. When this happens, it is sometimes the best option for the chiropractor to apply ice, rest the patient, or perform electrical stimulation and massage on the client before attempting the chiropractic adjustment.

Techniques for Chiropractic Adjustment

There are many different types of manipulative techniques that can be used in the field. However, a certain skill level and art are involved in low amplitude, high-velocity manipulation or adjustment. As a chiropractor, it is important also to determine when it is in the best interest of the client not to apply the adjustment.

Side Effects for a Chiropractic AdjustmentChiropractic Adjustment 

Soreness and aching in the muscles or spinal joints are the most common reactions to a chiropractic adjustment. If you experience this soreness or aching, it usually only lasts for the first few hours after the treatment and does not last longer than 24 hours after the adjustment. If you experience any of these symptoms after the chiropractic adjustment, an ice pack on the affected area should reduce the symptoms relatively quickly.

Intention of the Treatment

The primary goal of a chiropractic adjustment is to correct or affect in a particular way the alignment, function, and/or motion of a vertebral joint. They are intended specifically to correct vertebral subluxations, which is the term given to the signs and symptoms said by chiropractors to be a result of abnormal alignment of the vertebrae.

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If you feel like you need a chiropractic adjustment, do not hesitate to call Back to Mind. Our chiropractor, as well as our professional staff, will help you get over your back discomfort fast. No matter what back problems you are experiencing, we have the solutions for you.

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