What is chiropractic adjustment?
Also referred to as spinal manipulation, chiropractic or manual manipulation, the chiropractic adjustment is a therapeutic procedure used to reduce subluxation and relieve pain. Chiropractors use their hands to administer controlled force to the spine with the purpose of correcting a structural misalignment, improve function and lessen irritability of the nerves. A variety of factors lead to spinal subluxation:
· Macro trauma: a structural misalignment caused by a fall or a slip.
· Poor posture
· Swelling of the joint due to damaged intervertebral joint.
· Inflammation as a result of bad diet, psychological stress among other factors.
· Trigger points that cause a misalignment of the spine.
* what does a chiropractic adjustment do
Over the years, chiropractic adjustment procedures have become a preferred therapeutic solution among patients suffering from chronic back pain, headaches, and migraines. It is because the procedure is a cost-effective and non-invasive compared to other therapeutic procedures. Locating a great Michigan chiropractor is key to performing a successful therapeutic spinal adjustment.
· Reduces lower back pain
Chiropractic adjustment mainly consists of two techniques: spinal mobilization and spinal manipulation. A study was performed on some patients with the goal of assessing the efficiency of chiropractic adjustment on eliminating back pain. The research workers found that chiropractic adjustments relieved pain in clients suffering from chronic back pain compared to other therapeutic procedures. In fact, they reported a 75 percent reduction in pain after a year of ongoing chiropractic procedures.
· Improves motion in the joints
Chiropractic adjustments also help improve movement in locked up joints that may be affecting the correct function of nerves. The manipulation helps entice the muscles surrounding the stiff joints to relax thus bring back mobility. In addition, chronic conditions need retraining of the brain regarding the motion of that joint. Through spinal manipulation, joints can execute their total range of movement; a new activity that is stored and replayed in the brain. The retraining provides a functional and motion correction that also eliminates pain.
· Treats headaches
Chiropractic adjustments are also successful in treating tension headaches and migraines caused by subluxations in the upper neck and back. Spinal manipulation correctly generates almost instant improvement for the headache issues that originate in the neck.
· Reduces nerve irritability
Health worries like inflammation and structural misalignment develop excessive pressure on the nerves. Chiropractic adjustment helps ease the pressure through joint movement and correct alignment of the joints.
· Increases supply of nutrients
The joint comprises of the cartilage and other structures that don’t have any blood supply; they only obtain nutrients through movement. Spinal manipulation allows nutrients to move to the joints through the synovial fluid. Additionally, since facet joints in the spine are particularly vulnerable to a lock down chiropractic adjustment movement assists improve motion without inducing injury.
· Release of stress-relieving hormones
Chiropractic adjustments also induce the release of endorphins hormones. The stress-relieving hormones create temporary relief to pain making the body less aware of the problem. The trick also administers when loosening up tight muscles or trigger points.
· Minimizes colic symptoms
Numerous studies have reported improved health in children suffering from colic, ear infections and acid reflux. It is because spinal subluxations that set off other spinal and neck injuries also influence the nerves that handle the gut and the brain.
· Handles scoliosis
Chiropractic adjustments combined with muscular rehab techniques also help treat and prevent progression of scoliosis. Research studies show patients who undergo spinal manipulation therapies report a 10-30 percent improvement in their scoliosis curvatures.
What to expect at the time of the procedure
Chiropractic adjustment process includes a series of manipulative techniques that necessitate a high degree of skill and art
· High-velocity, and low-amplitude thrust (HVLA) to the spine: most chiropractors use the method during the procedure which results in an audible pop. The experts use their hands to use sudden and controlled force to the joint while the body adopts a distinct posture.
· Joint cavitation: an audible release of gas caused by the discharge of nitrogen, carbon dioxide and oxygen that eliminates joint pressure.
· A relief follows though clients report a small discomfort (lasts for a brief duration) if the surrounding muscles are locked up.
Note that a successful chiropractic manipulation does not have to cause an audible popping sound (joint cavitation). Research shows that whether a popping sound is made or not similar benefits are experienced and trying to attain a cracking sound may cause additional damage. However, where the patient is not adequately relaxed or has substantial muscle splinting during the procedure, the pop may not occur. In such instances, the chiropractor may carry out an electrical stimulation, apply ice or massage prior to executing the treatment.