Once the vertebral area is diagnosed an adjustment is performed using a specific highly-accurate thrust, or a slow, constant pressure. The direction, speed, depth and angle that are used is the result of years of experience, practice and a thorough understanding of spinal mechanics by the doctor of Chiropractic.
A chiropractic adjustment can take multiple forms producing wonderful results. Two such results are:
1. Improved Spinal Motion
As the saying goes, "a body in motion stays in motion." Chiropractic adjustments create motion in your spine where you need it. Most of the stiffness, aches, and pains people have are the results of improper motion in the spine.
2. Removed Nerve Interference
When spinal joints are compressed together they can block or irritate nearby nerves. Chiropractic adjustments separate and open these compressed joints, reducing nervous system disruption. During this period of uninterrupted nerve connection, your nervous system has the best opportunity to return to its optimal state. You might think of a healthy nervous system as a flowing river and spinal joint compression as a dam. Just as the dam blocks water, so compressed spinal joints block the progress of an otherwise healthy nervous system. By removing the dam, or in this case having an adjustment, the nervous system is free to return to its healthy state.
Misconceptions Regarding Chiropractic Adjustments
Sometimes a popping sound is heard during an adjustment which involves an opening of a compression between two joints. The popping noise is the joint opening and restoring healthy motion. This noise is not bones crunching together as some may think.