What is a Chiropractic Adjustment?
It is the intention of a chiropractic adjustment is to affect or correct the alignment, motion and/or function of a vertebral joint.Specifically, they are intended to correct “vertebral subluxations”, the term given to the signs and symptoms that are said by chiropractors to result from abnormal alignment and function of vertebrae.
What Types of Chiropractic Adjustments are there?
Dr. Garian uses two main types of adjustment:
- Manual adjustments –
Manual chiropractic adjustment typically involves an arm thrust applied to a vertebra.
An accompanying, (joint cavitation) or “pop” that is caused by the release of oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide, which releases joint pressure, often occurs.
This is a relieving sensation most of the time, although minor discomfort has been reported (but usually only lasts for a short time) if the surrounding muscles are in spasm or the patient tenses up during this chiropractic treatment.
- Instrument adjustments – often the gentlest methods of adjusting the spine. The patient lies on the table face down while the chiropractor uses a spring-loaded activator instrument to perform the adjustment. This technique is often used to perform adjustments on animals as well.
Who is the Adjustment good for?
Studies show that most patients go to Chiropractors like Dr. Garian, for musculoskeletal problems: 60% with low back pain, and the rest with head, neck and extremity symptoms. The effects of spinal adjustment vary depending on the method performed and clinical history and diagnosis, condition and health of each patient. Effects may range from decreased muscle tension to reduced pain, stress and more.
What are the benefits of Chiropractic?
The effects of spinal manipulation have been shown to include: temporary relief of musculoskeletal pain, increased range of joint motion, changes in facet joint kinematics, increased pain tolerance and increased muscle strength. Common side effects of spinal manipulative therapy are characterized as mild to moderate.