In chiropractic care, vertebrae that are out of place are known as subluxations. These subluxations can affect the nerves’ ability to send messages between the brain and body and cause irritations leading to headaches, back and neck pain, and even stomach problems. Chiropractic spinal adjustments can realign joints and vertebra and reduce distress to your nervous system.
What are Chiropractic Spinal Adjustments?
“Adjustment" is a common term used to describe the therapeutic manipulation of the body that uses controlled pressure, pull, and force at specific joints to alleviate pain. A chiropractic adjustment typically involves:
- A high-velocity, short lever arm thrust applied to a vertebra.
- An audible release of gas (oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide) at the joints which releases joint pressure.
- A relieving sensation.
Types of Spinal Adjustments
There are literally hundreds of different types of adjustments and techniques that can be used. Generally speaking, they all fall into these two categories:
Spinal Manipulation (High-Velocity)
The traditional form of chiropractic care uses spinal manipulation which relies on applying a controlled, sudden force on the body. You will likely hear joints popping while experiencing instant pain relief. This method may also be used to adjust other joints, such as the ankle, knee, wrist, elbow, or shoulder. Spinal manipulation restores the structural alignment of the body and improves joint function.
Spinal Mobilization (Gentle)
There are instances where a gentler approach will be used. Spinal mobilization is a milder technique that does not involve twisting of the body or a forceful thrust. There are several techniques and approaches of this type, but all apply some form of a gentle stretch or pulse on a targeted area of the body to improve your spinal health and reduce irritation to the nervous system.
Your Treatment Plan
Your chiropractor may utilize multiple types of adjustments as part of your treatment plan to increase your range of motion, reduce nerve irritability, and improve overall function. Treatment for back and neck pain usually requires regular chiropractic visits over the course of several weeks. Adjustments are often accompanied by non-manual therapies such as the application of heat or ice, rehabilitative exercises, and dietary and lifestyle changes. Your chiropractor will work with you to create the right treatment plan based on your pain and health goals.
Interested in scheduling your first chiropractic appointment? Or do you want to learn more about spinal adjustments? Contact Ideal Health Chiropractic today to talk with our expert chiropractic staff.