The adjustment is a safe, natural, non-invasive procedure used by the Chiropractor to restore and improve health. Learning the art of adjusting is a skill that requires years of study and practice.
What Is A Spinal Adjustment?
In basic terms, the spinal adjustment refers to the process in which the doctor of Chiropractic skilfully applies controlled force into one or more vertebrae of the spine. The adjustment is usually delivered using the hands or through the use of a specialized mechanical tool. The Chiropractic adjustment has been shown to be incredibly safe and extremely effective.
When Should Spinal Adjustments Be Given?
Spinal adjustments are applied to certain vertebrae of the spine which are no longer in their proper position or where functioning has become impaired. Vertebrae which lose their normal position or proper motion are commonly termed vertebral subluxations. The Chiropractor uses a number of unique tests and procedures to determine which, if any, vertebrae are subluxated. If subluxations are found, immediate correction is generally indicated. Since like tooth cavities, subluxations are not always painful during the initial stages, even those who are not experiencing back or neck discomfort should receive periodic spinal checkups.
What Do Spinal Adjustments Do?
Adjusting helps correct vertebral subluxations. Correcting subluxations reduces pain and inflammation, reduces muscle spasm and tension, normalizes spinal biomechanics and more importantly, can remove nerve irritation and interference which can improve overall health and wellness of the individual.
What Makes The Sound?
Lubricating fluids separate the bones of each spinal joint. Some adjusting methods can produce a sound when the gas and fluids in the joint shift. It’s like opening a fizzy can or removing a suction cup. Not everyone hears a “popping” sound and it doesn’t make the adjustment more effective. The most important thing is that the Chiropractor delivers the right force, in the right area at the right time to remove the nerve interference.
In addition to adjusting the spine and pelvis, almost every other joint of the body can be adjusted by the Chiropractor. This includes the joints of the hands and feet, wrists and ankles, elbows and knees, shoulders and hips, ribs and the jaw. Like the joints of the spine, joints in the extremities can also become misaligned and fixated. Chiropractic techniques can restore and enhance extremity joint functioning, which can increase the life of the joint and keep wear and tear to a minimum. This is of special interest to athletes who generally demand optimal joint performance from highly stressed joints. Adjusting provides an immediate increase in joint range of motion and also supplies the joint with nutrients, as motion is the only way to bring nutrients into the joint cartilage and flush wastes products out.
Isn’t Cracking Your Knuckles Bad For You?
Did your mother ever warn you that "cracking" your knuckles would give you arthritis? If she did, we're sorry to say that she was wrong! Research has actually shown that individuals who habitually "crack" their knuckles over their lifetime actually lower the incidence of arthritis in their knuckles compared with those who do not. Researchers believe the knuckle "cracking" increases joint nutrition and maintains joint motion, both of which are essential for a healthy joint.