The Chiropractic Adjustment
Chiropractors use their hands to position your body in a manner that allows the joints in your spine or extremities to move. The adjustment is a high velocity, low amplitude thrust, which is a quick movement with very little strain placed on the spinal joint. After an injury or prolonged use of improper postures, the joints of the spine can become stuck, or fixated, preventing proper movement. The adjustment helps to release these restrictions by quickly gapping the joint, creating a negative pressure which can result in the typically “crack or pop” that you may hear during the manipulation. With movement restored to the joint, the spine can begin to return to normal function.
Unfortunately, the muscles around the spine can also affect the joints. Abnormal muscle function (either weak or tight) can disrupt the mechanics of the spinal joints and reduce the effectiveness of the adjustment. This is why it is common to see a Chiropractor a few times before the problem is fully resolved.