A chiropractic adjustment, also known as chiropractic manipulation, manual manipulation, or spinal manipulation, is the primary chiropractic treatment method for back pain.
Spinal manipulation relieves pressure on joints, reduces inflammation, and improves nerve function. It has been a trusted form of treatment since the ancient Greek Hippocrates documented manipulative techniques in his writings back in 1500 B.C. Today, spinal manipulation is used to treat conditions such as allergies, menstrual cramps and headaches.
How Does Spinal Manipulation Work?
A chiropractic adjustment is a specific force in a precise direction to the joints of the body that helps to normalize joint alignment and function. The adjustment is applied using either the doctor’s hands or with specific mechanical adjusting devices to fixated joints or joints that may be locked up or not moving well. The adjustment helps to return the joints to a more normal position and function while helping to restore the body’s natural healing abilities and allowing the brain to communicate with that area of the body more efficiently.
When vertebrae shift out of place, there is an overall systemic response from the muscular system to the central nervous system. Without proper alignment and flow, our nerves, our immune system, and our minds cannot function at their highest peak.
Overall, spinal adjustments and manipulations are an excellent way to keep the body functioning at its highest level without any discomfort. When the body is adequately aligned, it becomes able to respond and perform as it was built to do.