Chiropractic Adjustment

Chiropractic Adjustment

The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as the “chiropractic adjustment,” or “manipulation.” The purpose of the manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become restricted in their movement due to tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event (ex. improper lifting) or through repetitive stresses (ex. sitting awkwardly with poor posture for an extended period of time). In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for the patient. Manipulation or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues restores mobility, thereby alleviating pinched nerves, pain, and muscle tightness, thus allowing tissues to heal.
 
Chiropractic adjustment rarely causes discomfort. However, patients may sometimes experience mild soreness or aches following treatment (as with some forms of exercise) that usually resolves within 12 to 48 hours.
 
Adjustments can be performed on the spine and on the joints of the extremities (i.e. shoulder, wrist, knee, ankle, etc.). Therefore, great candidates for this type of treatment are those with complaints in the spine, arms, and legs. As a matter of fact, adjustments have also been beneficial for those suffering jaw problems, headaches, and stress!

 

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