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How Does A Chiropractic Adjustment Work?

Then primary treatment provided by Doctors of Chiropractic is known as a Chiropractic Adjustment, Spinal Manipulation or Spinal Manipulative Therapy.  The treatment is based upon the fact that joints of the spine and even the extremities can become immobile or stuck in one position.  When this occurs neck and back pain ensue.  Other symptoms like headaches, pain in the extremities, numbness or tingling can also follow.  When the joint is manipulated then normal mobility is restored; resulting in decreased pain and improved function.

The adjustment can be performed either by hand or with a mechanical device known as an Activator, Impulse Adjuster or Proadjuster.  A chiropractic adjustment typically involves a specific, high velocity, short lever arm thrust applied to a vertebra.  There can oftentimes be an accompanying, audible release of gas (joint cavitation) that is caused by the release of oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide, which releases joint pressure (cavitation).  A relieving sensation of improved mobility, decreased pain and decrease muscle spasms typically follows. On some occasions is aching or soreness in the spinal joints or muscles. If this aching or soreness occurs, it is usually within the first few hours post-treatment and does not last longer than 24 hours after the chiropractic adjustment. Application of an ice pack often reduces the symptoms relatively quickly.

There are many different manipulative techniques that can be utilized in chiropractic, and there is a certain skill level and "art" involved with high velocity, low amplitude adjustment or manipulation. It is perhaps more important for the chiropractor to determine when not to apply the adjustment. In addition, Doctors of Chiropractic also utilize soft tissue mobilization, heat, light cold laser and rehabilitative exercise for lasting results.

For more information on chiropractic care please call Northwest Wellness in Federal Way, WA at 3529270660