Chiropractic Adjustments / Manipulation
Chiropractic adjustments, or manipulation as they’re sometimes referred to is the minor movement of vertebrae in the spine.
The objective of this movement is to realign vertebrae that have moved out of place for a number of reasons ranging from normal daily activity to trauma such as a car accident.
When these vertebrae are out of place, it has an overall systemic effect from muscular to the central nervous system. Without proper alignment and flow of all nerves and systems in the body from the brain, we can’t function at our peak.
Chiropractic adjustments are often a slight pressure from the chiropractor
Utilizing the hands or an instrument to move a vertebrae back into place. This happens with a quick movement and is often without discomfort.
You may hear a noise that sounds like you’re cracking your knuckles referred to as joint cavitation. It is the release of gases such as oxygen and nitrogen from the joint.
Overall, adjustments are an excellent way to keep the body functioning at its highest level. When the body is in alignment, the body is able to respond and perform as it was designed to.
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The International Chiropractor’s Association (ICA) states that the “chiropractic adjustments is unique and singular to the chiropractic profession”, and that it “is characterized by a specific thrust applied to the vertebra utilizing parts of the vertebra and contiguous structures as levers to directionally correct articular malposition. Adjustment shall be differentiated from spinal manipulation in that the chiropractic adjustments can only be applied to a vertebral malposition with the express intent to improve or correct the subluxation, whereas any joint, subluxated or not, may be manipulated to mobilize the joint or to put the joint through its range of motion.
Chiropractic is a specialized field in the healing arts, and by prior rights, the spinal or chiropractic adjustments is distinct and singular to the chiropractic profession.