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What is a chiropractic adjustment?

What is a chiropractic adjustment

Have you ever had a niggling pain that just won’t go away no matter what you do? 

You might be surprised to learn that the answer could be as simple as popping in to see your local chiropractor. 

Chiropractors are trained to diagnose and treat problems with the musculoskeletal system, which includes the bones, muscles, and joints. And a chiropractic adjustment is the name given to the manual treatments they perform with their hands. 

So, keep reading to learn more about what a chiropractic adjustment is and how they could help you.

What is a Chiropractic Adjustment?

A chiropractic treatment (called an adjustment) is performed when a chiropractor manipulates the spine or other joints in the body using their hands or an adjusting tool.

An adjustment aims to safely improve general spinal alignment and increase range of motion in the joints. 

Chiropractic adjustments can also help with pain relief, relaxation, and improved circulation. 

Are all chiropractic adjustments the same?

There are many different types of adjustment, and the chiropractic profession has over 150 recognised styles and techniques.

The one that a practitioner will choose depends on their preferred treatment framework and on the individual patient’s needs. 

Some of the most common techniques include: 

  • Diversified Technique: One of the most common types of adjustment techniques. It involves high-velocity, low-amplitude thrusts that are applied to specific vertebrae in order to restore normal motion and position. 
  • SOT: Our preferred technique at Human Health. SOT is a light touch adjustment framework that works with the spine, pelvis and cranium to restore function and flow throughout the human body.
  • Gonstead Technique: This technique is focused on precise adjustments done by hand. It is often used to correct errors in the lower spine. 
  • Activator Methods® Technique: This technique uses a trigger tool that provides an adjustable force device to deliver quick, gentle impulses into the problem area. It is often used on patients with osteoporosis or who may be sensitive to manual adjustments. 

What Does an Adjustment Feel Like?

When you receive an adjustment, you may feel light pressure or popping noise caused by the joint moving back into place. You may also feel euphoric release and relief from the ease of tension as normal function returns to the joint.

The frequency of your adjustments will depend on your individual needs and the treatment goals your chiropractor has laid out in your treatment plan. 

Some people only need one or two adjustments to feel the results of chiropractic. In contrast, others may need to come in for more regular adjustments to gain benefit. 

Your chiropractor will work with you to develop a treatment plan specifically for you based on your needs. 

To conclude

Chiropractic adjustments are an effective way to treat many different musculoskeletal conditions. 

If you’re experiencing pain, reduced range of motion, or other problems, look up your local chiropractor and give chiropractic a go.

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