What is a Chiropractic Adjustment
The chiropractic adjustment is also referred to as a joint "manipulation". Your doctor will apply his/her hands to the area of the spine to be treated in such a way as to mobilize the joints. Most commonly, the doctor will apply a quick, short manual movement to the joint. The joint usually elicits an audible "pop" or "crack," similar to when you "crack" your knuckles. You may sense movement of the joint. The joint "crack" is not necessary for treatment to be successful.
The goal of the chiropractic manipulation is to :
- Increase the joint mobility / range of motion.
- Relieve pain
- Reduce muscle spasm
- Restore optimal joint function