Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy (Adjustment)

What is an Adjustment?

A chiropractic adjustment (or mobilization / manipulation), is a procedure in which a specific stretch is applied to a 'restricted' joint (a joint not moving properly) at the precise location of the restriction and in a precise direction that restores range of motion, relieves pain and reduces muscle tension.

What does the Adjustment do?

Adjusting a joint restores full range of motion by breaking up adhesions, stretching tight ligaments, and relieving stress on nerves, muscles, and other soft tissues.

Once adjusted, a joint can move more fully and naturally. The 'stress' to that particular joint is now more evenly distributed and the tissue compression to that area is reduced.

In addition, when muscles and joints are moving fully, previously unused muscle fibers are now able to be used. Restoring normal joint motion and balancing posture can relieve today's pain as well as prevent tomorrow's arthritic breakdown.

What to expect with the Adjustment:

These procedures consist of small passive movements, usually applied as a series of gentle stretches in a smooth, rhythmic fashion to the individual's joints.  Mobilizations may be administered in varying degrees of pressure, depending upon the patient's sensitivity and stiffness of the particular joints involved.

This procedure, often times elicits an audible "pop" or "crack," similar to when you "crack" your knuckles. This audible noise is the gas escaping from the immobile joint and can be compared to the gas escaping from a soda can when it is opened.

The doctor will assess the joint prior to 'manipulation' and after the manipulation to verify that the joint is now moving feely. However, the joint "pop" is not necessary for treatment to be successful.

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