An adjustment is an intervention with the intent of facilitating the body's ability to "right" itself and function more normally. The chiropractic adjustment is a quick thrust applied to a vertebra for the purpose of correcting its position, movement or both.
The primary focus of the adjustment is simply to remove interference and allow the body's normal healing ability.
Adjustments relieve pressure on joints, reduces inflammation, and improves nerve function. It has been a trusted form of treatment since the ancient Greek Hippocrates documented manipulative techniques in his writings back in 1500 B.C. Today, adjustments are used to treat conditions such as allergies, menstrual cramps and headaches.
How Does the Adjustment Work?
There are well over 100 types of adjustment techniques used by chiropractors throughout the world. Regardless of how they are performed, these techniques are intended to restore or enhance joint function with the objectives of reducing pain and resolving joint inflammation.
When vertebrae shift out of place, there is an overall systemic response from the muscular system to the central nervous system. Without proper alignment and flow, our nerves, our immune system, and our minds cannot function at their highest potential.
Overall, spinal adjustments and manipulations are an excellent way to keep the body functioning at its highest level without any discomfort. When the body is adequately aligned, it becomes able to respond and perform as it was built to do.