Chiropractic manipulation, or chiropractic adjustments, are used on the spine or other joints in the body intended to restore normal motion to these joints. There are many ways to adjust the joints of your body. It can be done by hand or with the use of special instruments.
The chiropractic adjustment is great for people who lack motion in their joints. Most people have had a stiff neck, back, or just felt like something wasn’t moving quite right. The adjustment allows the joint to move with it’s full range of motion again. Painful and restricted joints need a combination of adjustments, myofascial release, and postural correction exercises to achieve the best results.
Chiropractic adjustments have been heavily researched for safety and effectiveness. They are considered a very safe and effective option for treatment in many joint conditions across the body. In the event someone would rather not have an adjustment, other techniques can be used that are also effective. A slower and more gentle back and forth movement of the joint can also help restore motion in the joint, called a mobilization.
Benefits of Chiropractic Adjustments
Chiropractic adjustments offer a range of benefits from alleviating pain to promoting general physical health and functionality of the body. We have listed some of the major benefits of adjustments below.
Alleviate Back and Neck Pain
The biggest benefit of a chiropractic adjustment is that it can significantly alleviate back and neck pain. The pressure applied in an adjustment allows the joints in your back and neck to reach their full range of motion, which helps fix the stiffness and pain you may be experiencing.
Adjustments have shown to help reduce both the severity and frequency of Tension and Migraine headaches. They do this by addressing the root cause of the headache which is often the buildup of stress and tension on the joints and nerves in the neck. In our office we recommend lifestyle improvements to address headaches like lowering stress levels and improving sleep quality.
Inflammation is shown to cause joint stiffness, swelling, pain, and serious conditions like arthritis and chronic pain. Chiropractic adjustments help by removing the joint fixations in the spine, or other joints of the body, which cause stiffness and pressure on the joints. Activation of mechanoreceptors in the body during the adjustment leads to a decrease in inflammation.