Adjustments and/or manipulations are the slight movement of vertebrae in the spine. The purpose of the vertebrae’s manual movement is to realign those that may have moved out of position. They can move out of place for a number of reasons ranging from typical daily activity to trauma suffered from a car accident.
Vertebrae out of place can have an overall systemic effect on the body. This can affect the body’s muscles and even the central nervous system. When we don’t have proper alignment the nerves and systems in the body cannot work correctly as they should.
A chiropractor utilizes pressure from their hands or an instrument to move displaced vertebrae back into place. This technique occurs with a quick movement and often without any reported discomfort. You may hear a cracking sounds during an adjustment, but this is common and referred to as joint cavitation. Joint cavitation is simply the release of gases such as oxygen and nitrogen from the joint being manipulated.
Adjustments are an excellent way to keep the body functioning at its highest level. When the body is in alignment it’s able to work and move as it was designed to do.