What is an Adjustment?
The chiropractic adjustment is the primary source of treatment in a chiropractic care program. The purpose behind the adjustment is to correct motion and position of the bones of the body in order to reduce the amount of stress placed on the nervous system. By taking this stress off of the nervous system the body is able to express its innate genetic health. When the innate genetic health is expressed the body is better able to adapt to the stressors of the environment
Chiropractic adjustments usually involve a single quick but gentle corrective impulse into a subluxated spinal vertebra. This adds motion into spinal joints that were in the wrong position and or moving improperly. Adjustments are not painful and many people look forward to further adjustments after experiencing the immediate relief that can come from an adjustment.
Adjustments are often accompanied by an audible release of gas (cavitation) from the joint that sounds like a “crack”. Many mistake this sound for crunching or cracking bones, which is not the case. The sound comes from gas releasing from the joint similar to that when you open a pop bottle. Very important to note is that the sound is not always heard when an adjustment is made. Another common misunderstanding is that without the sound no adjustment has been made. Many times the gas release does not cause an audible sound yet the adjustment corrects the spine perfectly.
What Can an Adjustment Accomplish?
Adjustments help correct subluxations in the spine and extremities. They can reduce inflammation, tenderness, muscle spasm, tension, and prevent spinal decay and breakdown. Most importantly adjustments remove nerve interference that can lead to increase stress hormones.
• Protection – Adjustments improve adaptability, they can make people more alert, aware, awake, alive, and able to express vitality.
• Prevention – Regular adjustments prevent reoccurrences of subluxations, and prevent illnesses, and unnatural postures.
• Performance – Adjustments arouse innate intelligence and can increase the potential of an individual athletically and academically.
• Adjustments decrease fatigue, increase immunity, balance your metabolism, and increase clarity of thought.
Are Chiropractic Adjustments Safe?
Chiropractic care is one of the safest forms of health care available. By avoiding drugs and risky surgery, chiropractic has an amazing track record. Adjustments are hundreds of times safer than taking an over-the-counter pain reliever like aspirin.