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  • 5 Questions About Chiropractic Adjustments

  • What is a chiropractic adjustment?

    Chiropractic adjustment or chiropractic manipulative therapy (CMT) is a procedure in which a chiropractor uses their hands or an instrument to apply a controlled force to a specific joint the in body. The goal of the adjustment is to restore motion to the particular joint and improve function of the nervous system.

    Chiropractic adjustment

    How do you know what needs to be adjusted?

    Chiropractors receive years of extensive training on correctly identifying joint dysfunction. During evaluation, chiropractors will look at both global ranges of motion (how well regions move as a whole) as well as segmental ranges of motion (how much motion each particular joint has). Once an area or specific joint has been identified, the chiropractor will determine in which direction (i.e. side to side, front to back, rotation) the joint is misaligned or lacking motion.

    What is the popping sound?

    The popping noise sometimes heard during a chiropractic adjustment is called a cavitation. It is the release of built up nitrogen gas bubbles surrounding the joint. While it is common during chiropractic adjustment, it is not necessary to the procedure and should not be used as a sign of a successful adjustment.

    Are chiropractic adjustments safe?

    When done by a licensed chiropractor, manipulative therapies such as
    adjustments are very safe. Chiropractors receive years of extensive training on how to identify misalignments and provide safe and effective adjustments. The most common side effect of CMT is post treatment soreness, similar to that of post workout soreness, which subsides in 1-2 days.

    Is everyone adjusted the same?

    The simple answer is not necessarily. There are hundreds, even thousands, of different types of adjustments. Which technique is used depends on several factors including which techniques the chiropractor is trained/certified in, the severity of the complaint/pain levels, amount of muscle spasm in the area, which joint is misaligned and in which direction.

    As always check with your trusted chiropractor if chiropractic adjustment can help your condition. Choose chiropractic before medication and surgery and visit our website, like us on Facebook, Instagram or call us for an appointment.