A chiropractic adjustment is a common treatment for pain that involves the chiropractor providing “adjustments” or “manipulations” which are thrusts of variable speed and force to the spine or joints that are producing dysfunction and discomfort in order to restore the structural integrity of that area.
A licensed chiropractor manipulates joints in the body with their hands or special equipment to aid in the reduction of pain by removing the restriction due to tissue injury from a traumatic incident or from repetitive stress, as well as improving alignment and the overall physical function and range of motion of the body. In doing so, this allows your body’s innate ability to heal itself without medication or surgery. Chiropractic care treats a variety of nervous system and musculoskeletal disorders.
Chiropractic care isn’t simply for back pain, but can also help with pain in the head, jaws, neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, pelvis, knees and ankles. According to webmd.com, “Among people seeking back pain relief alternatives, most choose chiropractic treatment. About 22 million Americans visit chiropractors annually. Of these, 7.7 million, or 35%, are seeking relief from back pain from various causes, including accidents, sports injuries, and muscle strains. Other complaints include pain in the neck, arms, and legs, and headaches.”
Chiropractic adjustments are a great non-invasive, alternative treatment for people of all ages. During the younger years of childhood, chiropractic care has been proven to keep the nervous system and muscular system aligned to allow for proper growth and development. It has also been shown to help alleviate earaches, sleepless/restless nights, posture abnormalities, colic, and assist in the comanagement of ADHD. During pregnancy, it has been proven to alleviate aches and pains, reduce swelling and discomfort, and help turn the baby from a breech position. Throughout adulthood and into our wise years, chiropractic care can help keep joints healthy by maintaining adequate blood flow to prevent degenerative joint disease, increasing overall mobility, improving posture and balance, and helping one maintain an overall sense of better health and well-being. However, treatment intensity and force vary depending on the patient, which is why all patients are thoroughly checked to verify that they are suitable for chiropractic treatment and determine the proper treatment protocol.