What Is An Adjustment?
Although we provide many other services, the cornerstone of chiropractic health treatment is spinal and extremity joint manipulation, often called the adjustment. This may involve either gentle pressure, or a quick, precise thrust to restore normal motion and alignment to joints that have become misaligned, stiff, restricted, or “locked up”.
The adjustment is an effective treatment for joint misalignments & restrictions, which are often the underlying cause of a wide range of health problems, as described above. Joint manipulation or “adjustment” is a highly technical orthopedic procedure that may be performed by your chiropractic physician on all joints of the body including:
- Joints of the cervical spine (neck)
- Joints of the thoracic spine (middle back, ribs, and shoulder blades or “scapulae”)
- Joints of the lumbar spine (low back) and pelvis (sacroiliac joints, and coccyx or “tailbone”)
- Extremity joints (jaw or “TMJ”, shoulder, elbow, hand, wrist, hip, knee, ankle, and foot)
While manipulation may be performed by other physicians, Doctors of Chiropractic have the most extensive experience and education in specific joint manipulation, performing 94% of the spinal manipulations in the United States. Numerous scientific studies have proven the efficacy, safety, cost-effectiveness and high levels of patient satisfaction of spinal manipulation. As a result, it is one of only two treatment protocols given the highest recommendation for the treatment of low back pain by the Agency for Health Care and Policy Research (AHCPR), an arm of the US Department of Health and Human Services.
Although most patients receive traditional manual (“hands-on”) adjustments, we also offer “low force” adjustments, performed with a highly advanced instrument. Some patients are familiar with these instrument adjustment techniques, which are often referred to as “activator”, “pro-adjustor”, or “impulse adjusting”. These low-force adjustments are extremely gentle and precise, and are not associated with any “cracking” or “popping” sounds. Experience has shown us that instrument adjusting can be especially effective when used in combination with manual adjusting. In other instances, instrument adjusting may be used as an alternative to manual adjusting. As with all of our treatment options, the doctor will be happy to discuss with you which adjusting techniques would be best for your particular condition.
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