One of the primary techniques used by Doctors of Chiropractic (DC) is a “spinal adjustment,” also known as a “chiropractic adjustment.” In fact, chiropractors are renowned for performing spinal adjustments. The term “adjustment” refers to the physical adjustment of the spinal vertebrae. The goal of such spinal adjustment is to reduce vertebral subluxation (misalignment) and return the spine to a more natural state of health and positioning. The word subluxation is derived from the Latin term sub- (less than or slight) and -luxate (to dislocate or be misaligned). Accordingly, vertebral subluxation means the slight dislocation or misalignment of the spinal vertebrae.
When a patient has a subluxation, depending on the level of subluxation, a chiropractor adjusts the misalignment in the spine to enhance joint mobility and reduce pain, muscle spasms, and nerve irritation and impingement.
Chiropractic adjustments are performed safely by chiropractors only. This is a highly refined skill acquired over years of intensive training. The technique involves the manual application of a controlled force into the spinal vertebrae that have become misaligned and hypo-mobile (limited in their range of motion). This procedure has been proven to correct vertebral misalignment, and this treatment is often accompanied by a clicking sound. While this sound might surprise first time chiropractic patients, it is merely the audible release of gas from within the spinal joints.
Why Chiropractic Works
Depending on your condition, discomfort from a spinal adjustment is seldom felt. In fact, many patients have reported a sense of relief as a result of the chiropractic adjustment, which we see as a positive improvement to their symptoms shortly after receiving care. If discomfort arises, the pressure typically resolves within a matter of days under most circumstances. Optimal results are reliant on the patients’ conditions and number of adjustments received over multiple chiropractic visits. In addition to chiropractic adjustments, the care plan may also include massage and functional restoration exercises.
If your pain has a musculoskeletal origin, our chiropractors have the experience necessary to distinguish the root cause of discomfort and treat it through a series of adjustments to help you find relief under normal conditions. At the Neck Pain, Back Pain & Headache Relief Clinic, our experience is in finding the cause of this pain. Our focused, hands-on approach is intended to provide pain relief for most spinal subluxation conditions.
Tension builds into pain and your body may hold stress patterns that carry tension. The resulting pain complex is frequently caused by auto accidents (major trauma). Additionally, the pain causation spectrum for repetitive (minor) trauma is frequently caused by computer work.