What is a Chiropractic Adjustment?

DEFINE – What is a Chiropractic Adjustment?

Chiropractic adjustment, sometimes called spinal manipulation, refers to a method where a licensed chiropractor uses their hands or specialized instruments to apply thrusts or force to injured or dysfunctional spinal joints.

BREAKING DOWN – Chiropractic adjustment

Chiropractic adjustments are used to give individuals relief from neck or back pain. However, it may also help reduce headaches. 

A typical chiropractic adjustment frequently involves the patient lying down on a chiropractic table. The chiropractor then applies a sudden, but controlled, force, which pushes the joints beyond their normal range of motion. At this time, popping or cracking sounds are common. Essentially, this should restore integrity to the spine, helping improve function and reduce pain. In fact, many individuals often experience immediate pain relief. However, it may take more than one chiropractic adjustment for this to happen.

Research indicates that chiropractic adjustments are an effective way to relieve lower back pain. Generally, a chiropractor is the one delivering the chiropractic adjustments. Yet, physical therapists, osteopaths, and specialized doctor are frequently trained in spinal manipulation, another name for chiropractic adjustments, as well. 

There are further different grades of spinal manipulation. Grades 1-4 require less force and are less direct. Whereas, Grade 5 is more direct and forceful. Typically, Grades 1-4 are used by non-chiropractic practitioners. 

Various individuals can benefit from a chiropractic adjustment including arthritic patients, those with aforementioned back or neck pain, individuals with scoliosis, those with headaches, and more.

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