A chiropractic adjustment, also known as chiropractic manipulation, manual manipulation, or spinal manipulation, is the primary chiropractic treatment method for back pain.
Spinal manipulation relieves pressure on joints, reduces inflammation, and improves nerve function. It has been a trusted form of treatment since the ancient Greek Hippocrates documented manipulative techniques in his writings back in 1500 B.C. Today, joint manipulation is used to treat conditions such as neck/back pain, joint dysfunction, disc problems, joint sprain/muscle strain (whiplash), extremity pain, tendinitis, and headaches.
How Does Spinal Manipulation Work?
There are well over 100 types of adjustment techniques used by chiropractors throughout the world. Some practitioners may use force and twisting, while other techniques are more gentle. Regardless of how they are performed, these techniques are intended to restore or enhance joint function with the objectives of reducing pain and resolving joint inflammation.
When spinal joints lose mobility, dysfunction arises in the joints and in the supporting muscular system. This dysfunction leads to pain and inflammation.
Overall, spinal manipulative therapy is an excellent way to restore the normal spinal joint mobility. When the joints function normally, they are able to respond to stress and perform as intended.