Spinal Adjustments and Manipulation

Chiropractor adjusting patient


A chiropractic adjustment, also known as chiropractic manipulation, manual manipulation, or spinal manipulation, is the primary chiropractic treatment method for back pain.

Spinal manipulation is relieves pressure on joints, reduces inflammation, and improves nerve function. It has been a trusted form of treatment since the ancient Greek Hippocrates documented manipulative techniques in his writings back in 1500 B.C. Today, spinal manipulation is used to treat conditions such as allergies, menstrual cramps and headaches.

What is a Spinal Adjustment? 

Whether today is your first adjustment or you have been getting adjustments on a regular basis. It is important that you understand what is going on in your body when you get an adjustment. It is also important to be able to explain the adjustment to your family members and friends in simple terms.

One of the most common malfunctions of the spine is called a subluxation. Misaligned vertebrae that pinch spinal nerves are called subluxations. These subluxations irritate the nerves and muscles causing pain in the spine and extremities. The chiropractor’s job is to locate and remove these vertebral subluxations by gently adjusting the misaligned vertebrae back into place. This is called a Chiropractic Adjustment. 

The purpose of the adjustment is to unlock the vertebral joint and get it moving in the right direction. Thus,moving the vertebrae back into place and taking the pressure off the nerves.This reduces irritation to the nerves and the muscles in that region.Furthermore, the Adjustment will kick start the healing process in your body. By taking pressure off the nerves, the adjustment relieves your pain and restores normal function to your muscles and organs. Chiropractors make sure that you stay healthy by ensuring that your nerves are working properly, and your spine is subluxation free.

The adjustment is performed by manually applying a controlled gentle force into spinal joints that have become restricted and not moving properly. During the adjustment, you will hear a popping noise. That’s just the gases escaping between the joints (like popping your knuckles). The adjustment should never be painful, in fact you will feel looser afterwards.

You may experience mild soreness or aching following your first adjustment (as with some forms of exercise) that usually resolves within 12 to 24 hours.This is common and to be expected because we moved joints that haven’t moved in a long time. We recommend that you ice the area for 15 minutes every three hours to minimize or alleviate the soreness. What is a Spinal Adjustment?

Whether today is your first adjustment or you have been getting adjustments on a regular basis. It is important that you understand what is going on in your body when you get an adjustment. It is also important to be able to explain the adjustment to your family members and friends in simple terms. 

One of the most common malfunctions of the spine is called a subluxation. Misaligned vertebrae that pinch spinal nerves are called subluxation. These subluxations irritate the nerves and muscles causing pain in the spine and extremities. The chiropractor’s job is to locate and remove these vertebral subluxations by gently adjusting the misaligned vertebrae back into place. This is called a CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENT.  

The purpose of the adjustment is to unlock the vertebral joint and get it moving in the right direction. Thus,moving the vertebrae back into place and taking the pressure off the nerves.This reduces irritation to the nerves and the muscles in that region.Furthermore, the Adjustment will kick start the healing process in your body. By taking pressure off the nerves, the adjustment relieves your pain and restores normal function to your muscles and organs. Chiropractors make sure that you stay healthy by ensuring that your nerves are working properly, and your spine is subluxation free.  

The adjustment is performed by manually applying a controlled gentle force into spinal joints that have become restricted and not moving properly. During the adjustment, you will hear a popping noise. That’s just the gases escaping between the joints (like popping your knuckles). The adjustment should never be painful, in fact you will feel looser afterwards. 

You may experience mild soreness or aching following your first adjustment (as with some forms of exercise) that usually resolves within 12 to 24 hours.This is common and to be expected because we moved joints that haven’t moved in a long time. We recommend that you ice the area for 15 minutes every three hours to minimize or alleviate the soreness. 

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