A chiropractic adjustment is when a trained professional attempts to manipulate the spine to come back into alignment.
Correcting spinal alignment problems helps in alleviating pain, improving function, and supporting the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
Because the nervous system controls every cell and organ in your body, a chiropractic adjustment focuses on the health of your spine being properly aligned and, if there are shifts, helping the spine come back into alignment.
A Manual Chiropractic Adjustment
A chiropractic adjustment was traditionally performed by hand and called a manual adjustment. The success of this type of chiropractic adjustment varies depending on the patient and the skill and “style” of the practitioner.
Some patients have had a poor experience with a chiropractor in the past. This is most often due to the treating chiropractors skill level or “style”. By “style” we have observed that some chiropractors believe that more is more.
So we consider that a more aggressive “style” and one that sometimes leaves the patient feeling worse, instead of better when they leave.
An Instrument Based Chiropractic Adjustment
A newer method of a chiropractic adjustment is using a computerized adjusting instrument . This method uses advanced technology to gently move the spine back into alignment. For many patients, this is the preferred method, and can be tolerated by a greater percentage of the patient population. The computerized instrument can be adjusted in strength and placement to accommodate more sensitive patients, such as the elderly.
The foundation to understanding and treating many conditions related to the spine is based on optimal alignment. Optimal alignment of bone structures and joints is critical for the efficient function of the musculoskeletal system. A complex interaction of the neurologic system and muscular recruitment is necessary for ergonomic balance and deliberate displacement of the human body. An ideal spinal alignment allows an individual to assume standing posture with minimal muscular energy expenditure. Spinal misalignment to the extremes leads to extreme muscular demand, fatigue, and significant pain as well as disability. A chiropractic adjustment, combined with the appropriate physical therapy, is recommended as the first course of treatment, prior to levels reaching a marked loss in function and quality of life.