What Is A Spinal Adjustment?
Spinal adjustments or manipulations are done by a chiropractor by applying controlled force to the affected or “subluxated” areas of the vertebrae. It is also used on the pelvic region to normalize joints with the use of the hands or a specialized mechanical tool.
When Should Spinal Adjustments Be Given?
Spinal adjustments are given when certain vertebrae are no longer in the correct position or where functioning has been affected. When a vertebra loses its normal position or range of motion it is normally called a vertebral subluxation. Chiropractors use various specialized tests and procedures to determine which vertebrae are affected.
At times the subluxations have not yet become painful. It is recommended that even if someone is not experiencing pain or discomfort, they should have regular spinal checkups.
What Do Spinal Adjustments Do?
When subluxations are corrected through spinal adjustments, there is less muscle tension, a reduction in pain and inflammation, and a removal of nerve interference leading to a healthier overall body.
The Non-Spinal Adjustment
Spinal adjustments are not the only things chiropractors do. Nearly every joint in the body, from the jaw to the ankles, can be manipulated and adjusted by a chiropractor. Some very specialized chiropractors can even adjust the sutures (joints) of the skull.
All joints in the body can become misaligned just like the spine can. Chiropractic adjustment can be applied to reduce strain, wear and tear to the joints and reduce overall pain and discomfort. The adjustments will increase the flow of nutrients through the immediate improvement in the joints’ range of motion, as well as allowing toxins and other waste to be flushed out of the joints.