A chiropractic adjustment, also known as chiropractic manipulation, manual manipulation, or specific and skilled spinal manipulation, is the primary chiropractic treatment method for back pain.
Chiropractic manipulation relieves pressure on joints, reduces inflammation, and improves mobility and helps 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, spinal manipulation is used to treat conditions such as allergies, menstrual cramps and headaches.
How Does Spinal Manipulation Work?
There are well over 100 types of adjustment techniques used by chiropractors throughout the world. Some practitioners may use assistive adjustive tools, force and movement of the body or twisting, while other techniques are more gentle. 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 and improving mobility and restoring ranges of motion.
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 joints and muscles, our nerves, our immune system, and our minds cannot function at their highest peak.
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.