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  • 5 Questions About the Chiropractic Adjustment

  • 1.What is Chiropractic Adjustment

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

    2. How do you know what needs to be adjusted?

    Chiropractors are doctors who are trained on correctly identifying and treating joint dysfunction.  During evaluation, chiropractors 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).  Next, they perform orthopedic and neurological examination of the joint.  Postural evaluation is most often included and extensive history is reviewed.  Based on the results of the range of motion, orthopedic and neurological evaluation your chiropractor will make a diagnosis.  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.

    3. What is the sound?

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

    4. Is chiropractic adjustment safe?

    When done by a licensed chiropractor, manipulative therapies such as adjustments are very safe.  Doctors of chiropractic receive years of extensive training on how to identify misalignment 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.

    5. Is everyone adjusted the same?

    Not everyone is adjusted the same way.  There are hundreds, even thousands, of different types of techniques and adjustments.  The chiropractic technique used depends on several factors including which techniques the practitioner 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 with arthritis pain.  As always choose chiropractic before medication and surgery and visit our website, like us on Facebook, Instagram or call us for an appointment.