Chiropractic Adjustments

A chiropractic adjustment is a specific procedure performed by chiropractors to alleviate pain and improve the physical functioning of the body’s musculoskeletal system.
Chiropractic Adjustments

Your guide to understanding a chiropractic adjustment

A chiropractic adjustment, also known as spinal manipulation, is a specific procedure performed by chiropractors to alleviate pain and improve the physical functioning of the body’s musculoskeletal system..

In this article we describe the chiropractic adjustment. Read on!

Let’s discuss what a chiropractic adjustment is

This treatment approach is foundational to chiropractic care, a form of alternative medicine that emphasises the body’s ability to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery. 

The core philosophy behind chiropractic adjustments is the belief that proper alignment of the body’s musculoskeletal structure, particularly the spine, will enable the body to heal itself naturally.

Chiropractic adjustments involve the use of controlled force to a joint, moving it beyond its usual range of motion but not beyond the ligaments’ capacity to maintain integrity. The goal of this treatment is to: 

  • correct structural alignment
  • improve your body’s physical function, and
  • support the body’s natural ability to heal itself. 

Chiropractors use their hands or a small instrument to apply a controlled, sudden force to a spinal joint. This procedure is also aimed at correcting misalignments, which may cause related musculoskeletal symptoms 

The practice of chiropractic care focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health. 

When misalignments or abnormalities are present in the spine, it may lead to dysfunction in the nervous system, potentially resulting in pain, decreased mobility, and a variety of other health issues.

The procedure of chiropractic adjustment

A typical chiropractic adjustment begins with a thorough evaluation, which may include medical history, a physical examination, and possibly diagnostic imaging to determine whether an adjustment is appropriate for your condition. 

The actual adjustment involves the chiropractor applying a quick, precise force to a specific joint, usually within the spine. 

You may hear a popping or cracking sound, which is the release of gas that occurs when the joint space is expanded during the adjustment process.

The adjustment is designed to improve the range and quality of motion in the area being treated, which may help alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and improve nerve function. 

This, in turn, may lead to improved mobility, relief from muscle tightness, and an overall sense of well-being.

Conditions treated with chiropractic adjustments

Chiropractic adjustments may be used to treat a variety of conditions, not just back and neck pain. These may include headaches, certain types of migraines, limb pain, and discomfort due to injuries or accidents. Adjustments are also sought for their potential to improve certain chronic conditions by relieving pressure on the nervous system, allowing the body to function more effectively.

Benefits of chiropractic adjustments

The benefits of chiropractic adjustments may extend beyond simple pain relief. Patients often report improvements in mobility, function, and quality of life. Other potential benefits may include:

  • Enhanced nervous system function, allowing the body to operate more efficiently.
  • Improved posture, which can decrease the strain placed on the body by misalignments.
  • Relief from stress and tension disorders.
  • Improved joint mobility, health, and function.
  • Increased vitality and well-being due to improved spinal and nervous system health.

Safety and efficacy

Chiropractic adjustments are generally considered safe when performed by a trained and licensed practitioner. 

While some patients may experience temporary soreness, stiffness, or mild bruising, serious complications are rare. 

The risk of adverse effects may be minimised by providing the chiropractor with a complete health history and avoiding manipulation if you have conditions that may contraindicate such treatment.

Hopefully this article gives you a good overview of what a chiropractic adjustment is.

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Ormeau Chiropractic Centre proudly serves: Ormeau, CoomeraLoganPimpamaGold CoastBrisbane and surrounds. 

Whether you’re dealing with chronic pain or a recent injury, our warm and friendly team is here to help. Contact us today to start your journey to a healthier, pain-free you.


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