Chiropractic adjustment is a common procedure in which trained specialists, chiropractors, use their hands or small instruments to apply controlled and sudden forces to a patient’s specified spinal joint. The goal of chiropractic adjustment, which is also referred to as spinal manipulation, is to correct structural alignment issues and to improve your body’s physical function.Lower back pain, neck pain, and headaches, are the most common problems for which patients seek a chiropractic adjustment.
During a typical chiropractic adjustment session, your chiropractor will place you in specific positions to treat the affected areas. You will likely be positioned lying face-down on a specially designed and padded chiropractic table. The chiropractor will use their hands to apply controlled and sudden force to a joint, pushing it beyond its usual range of motion. You may hear popping or cracking sounds as your chiropractor moves your joints during the treatment session. This is completely normal.
Your chiropractor may recommend other treatments in conjunction with the chiropractic adjustment sessions such as: Heat or ice application, massages, stretching, electrical stimulation, exercise, and/or weight loss.