In order to understand how chiropractic works, it’s important to understand the chiropractic adjustment. Specific chiropractic adjustments are the foundation to how chiropractic works!

Chiropractic adjustments strengthen the body’s powerful innate ability to heal itself. The chiropractic adjustment helps facilitate an environment that enhances this inner potential to function at a higher capacity.

Because the neurological system coordinates every cell and organ in your body, chiropractors focus on the structure of the spine being properly aligned. If spinal integrity interferes with neurological function due to vertebral subluxation, then chiropractic adjustments are used to help bring the spine back into alignment. Vertebral subluxation are misaligned spinal bones that interfere with neurological impulses. The objective of the chiropractic adjustment is to reduce vertebral subluxation.

How Chiropractic Adjustments Are Typically Facilitated:

  1. The chiropractor will find the desired subluxation to adjust, and apply high velocity low amplitude pressure to the vertebrae.
  2. During the adjustment, sometimes a joint cavitation is experienced which is an audible release of joint pressure.
  3. After the subluxated vertebrae increases range of motion from the adjustment, the vertebrae is able to realign with the vertebrae above and below with improved function.

So, how do you know if you need to be adjusted by a chiropractor?

Always consult with a chiropractor who will help determine that care is appropriate for you. This process includes a consultation, as well as a biomechanical and neurophysiological evaluation to make a determination of the need for care. Based off findings in the evaluation, this process may be followed by the chiropractic adjustment.

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The information in our articles are not intended to diagnose, mitigate or prescribe the use of any technique as a form of treatment for any physical conditions, symptoms or diseases. Directly consult with a qualified health care professional for any chiropractic or medical advice. In addition to the benefits of chiropractic care, one should also be aware of the existence of some risks. Risks associated with some chiropractic care may include soreness, musculoskeletal sprain/strain, and fracture. In addition, there have been reported cases of stroke associated with chiropractic care. Research and scientific evidence does not establish a cause and effect relationship between chiropractic care and the occurrence of stroke; rather studies indicate that people may be consulting chiropractors when they are in the early states of a stroke. In essence, there is a stroke already in process. However, you are being informed of this reported risk.