How does it work? The key to chiropractic care is the spinal adjustment. This is the way doctors of chiropractic correct subluxations. The goal of the chiropractic adjustment is to correct the spinal subluxations detected during the examination. To do that, the doctor applies pressure to the bone and “unlocks” it from its improper position. The bone will then be free to align itself correctly. The individual’s own Innate Intelligence knows for sure what the proper place for each bone is. The role of the chiropractor is to free up the vertebrae. Then, the body can do its job and put them back in the correct position. Unfortunately, the muscles connected to subluxated vertebrae get used to their positions and have a tendency to pull the bone back out of place. It may take several adjustments before the adjustment “holds,” and the bone settles into its proper alignment.
Adjusting Techniques – Some doctors have their patients sit up for certain adjustments. Others tell them to lie down. Some use elaborate tables with moveable head or foot rests while others use stationary tables. A chiropractor may use a certain technique on one visit and a totally different one the next. Chiropractors select the technique which will most effectively correct subluxations with a minimum of force. The “art” of adjusting requires skill and training rather than brute strength. That’s why even slightly built doctors can perform excellent adjustments on all patients regardless of their size.
Will it hurt? Most adjusting techniques emphasize using minimal force and gentle pressure; few patients feel any discomfort during the adjustment. Many, however, will hear popping sounds. The noises you hear are just tiny pockets of gas releasing with a pop, which is completely normal. With or without noises, your adjustment should be completely pain free. Some patients, particularly if they are tense, involuntarily stiffen and resist the adjustment. At these times, they may feel slight discomfort until they learn to relax. These noises may lessen or disappear completely. When this happens, it doesn’t mean the adjustment has stopped “working.” It only means that normal flexibility is returning to the affected vertebrae. -WCA
Benefits to you – Putting proper motion in these joints is essential for decreasing the risk of degeneration to these areas and can influences muscle tone. Adjustments can also increases endorphin levels as well as other immune and biologic markers.
Influences muscle tone. Recent studies have shown that an upper cervical adjustment can lower blood pressure for up to 8 weeks.
Can not be performed if any of the following: Bone cancer or infection, Paget’s, spinal cord lesions