The Chiropractic Adjustment

The goal of the chiropractic adjustment is to correct spinal subluxations. Chiropractors apply gentle and quick pressure to joints to remove the restriction that “locks” them in their improper position. The joints are then free to re-align correctly.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. That’s why some chiropractors also use soft tissue techniques such as Myofascial Release Therapy (MRT) to release and re-align the muscles as well (see below).

There are many adjusting techniques.

A chiropractor may use a certain technique on one visit and a different one the next. Each doctor and each patient and even each subluxation is unique.

The art of adjusting requires skill and training. That’s why even slightly built doctors can perform excellent adjustments on all patients regardless of their size.

Because 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. These noises may lessen or disappear completely in some cases.

When this happens, it doesn’t mean the adjustment has stopped “working.” It only means that normal flexibility is returning to the affected vertebrae.

Some patients, if tense or overly tight, involuntarily stiffen and resist the adjustment. At these times, they may feel slight discomfort until they learn to relax or have their tight or stiff muscles addressed and re-aligned with soft tissue techniques such as MRT and Registered Massage Therapy.

Patients react differently to treatment. Most patients describe being relaxed after a treatment although some may feel more energetic instead. Some patients experience tenderness or soreness due to muscles working to hold the adjustment or when MRT has been done. They may be experiencing detoxification of their body after treatment. When poisons leave the system, there may be some discomfort.

Generally, it is best to take it easy after a treatment and allow the body to complete the healing and repair the tissues/muscles.

There are some patients who mention none of the above adaptive responses.  This does not mean that a correction has not been made. Some people are less sensitive to what their body is telling them. They may be in good health and not able to tell the difference or they may have been subluxated for so long that they are not as sensitive anymore.

Nerves that are subluxated for years, which interferes with the transmission of neural impulses, have been de-sensitized and begin to become sensitive again with chiropractic, starting to function better, helping the muscles, organs, glands and the whole body to also function better.

Who Gets Adjusted and How Often?

Adjustments are needed at all stages of life. Different techniques are used for infants, children, pregnant women and adults.

Regular chiropractic sessions help keep your nervous system functioning at its optimal level and allow you to experience greater health and well being over a lifetime.

I ideally get treated once a week – based on the amount of physical and other types of stresses that my body experiences – in order to keep my own nervous system working at its best so I can serve you better.

How much care you choose is up to you, whether it is acute care, corrective care or wellness care.

Diversified Technique

Diversified is the most widely employed chiropractic technique. The name given to the technique signifies that it can be used not only to adjust the spine but also for many different joints in the body. It can be used to adjust the extremity joints, allowing for beneficial applications to conditions such as tennis and golfer’s elbow, frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel, knee/foot problems and others.

It involves hands-on, high velocity, low amplitude adjustments along specific lines of drives that generally result in cavitations, or ‘popping sounds.’ The focus is on restoration to normal bio-mechanical function (proper movement) and correction of subluxation.

As with any technique, it is only one tool and other techniques and approaches can also be utilized to help the unique needs of each individual.

The goal of the chiropractic adjustment is to correct spinal subluxations. Chiropractors apply gentle and quick pressure to joints to remove the restriction that “locks” them in their improper position. The joints are then free to re-align correctly.

 

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. That’s why some chiropractors also use soft tissue techniques such as Myofascial Release Therapy (MRT) to release and re-align the muscles as well (see below).

 

 

There are many adjusting techniques.

 

A chiropractor may use a certain technique on one visit and a different one the next. Each doctor and each patient and even each subluxation is unique.

 

The art of adjusting requires skill and training. That’s why even slightly built doctors can perform excellent adjustments on all patients regardless of their size.

Because 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. These noises may lessen or disappear completely in some cases. 

 

When this happens, it doesn’t mean the adjustment has stopped “working.” It only means that normal flexibility is returning to the affected vertebrae.

Some patients, if tense or overly tight, involuntarily stiffen and resist the adjustment. At these times, they may feel slight discomfort until they learn to relax or have their tight or stiff muscles addressed and re-aligned with soft tissue techniques such as MRT and Registered Massage Therapy.

 

 

Patients react differently to treatment. Most patients describe being relaxed after a treatment although some may feel more energetic instead. Some patients experience tenderness or soreness due to muscles working to hold the adjustment or when MRT has been done. They may be experiencing detoxification of their body after treatment. When poisons leave the system, there may be some discomfort.

 

 


Generally, it is best to take it easy after a treatment and allow the body to complete the healing and repair the tissues/muscles.

 

There are some patients who mention none of the above adaptive responses.  This does not mean that a correction has not been made. Some people are less sensitive to what their body is telling them. They may be in good health and not able to tell the difference or they may have been subluxated for so long that they are not as sensitive anymore.

 

 

Nerves that are subluxated for years, which interferes with the transmission of neural impulses, have been de-sensitized and begin to become sensitive again with chiropractic, starting to function better, helping the muscles, organs, glands and the whole body to also function better.

 



 

Who Gets Adjusted and How Often


 

 

Adjustments are needed at all stages of life. Different techniques are used for infants, children, pregnant women and adults.


 

 

 

Regular chiropractic sessions help keep your nervous system functioning at its optimal level and allow you to experience greater health and well being over a lifetime.

 

 

 

 

I ideally get treated once a week – based on the amount of physical and other types of stresses that my body experiences – in order to keep my own nervous system working at its best so I can serve you better.

 

 

 

 

How much care you choose is up to you, whether it is acute care, corrective care or wellness care.

 

 


 

Diversified Technique


Diversified is the most widely employed chiropractic technique. The name given to the technique signifies that it can be used not only to adjust the spine but also for many different joints in the body. It can be used to adjust the extremity joints, allowing for beneficial applications to conditions such as tennis and golfer’s elbow, frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel, knee/foot problems and others.

It involves hands-on, high velocity, low amplitude adjustments along specific lines of drives that generally result in cavitations, or ‘popping sounds.’ The focus is on restoration to normal bio-mechanical function (proper movement) and correction of subluxation.

As with any technique, it is only one tool and other techniques and approaches can also be utilized to help the unique needs of each individual.