What is an Adjustment?
The spine is comprised of 24 vertebrae with three joints between each vertebra. In order for the spine and muscles of the back to function properly, there must be a certain amount of movement occurring between each of those joints. It is very common for joints of the spine and in other areas of the body, to become stuck, or to lose their ability to move normally. Joints may become stuck when we hold certain positions for prolonged periods of time, or perform repetitive tasks, particularly if posture is not optimal. A common example of this type of problem develops when sitting at a computer for extended periods. Joints may also become stuck due to an accident or injury.
A chiropractic adjustment is the art of using a specific force in a precise direction (HVLA), applied to a joint that is fixated, "locked up", or not moving properly. To give an adjustment the chiropractor will place his/her hands along the spine and give a quick ‘push” or thrust. This adds motion to the joint, helping the bones gradually return to a more normal position and motion. The purpose of this safe and natural procedure is improved spinal function, improved nervous system function, and improved health.
Chiropractors are the most highly trained and skillful professionals in adjusting or manipulating the joints of the spine and other joints in the body. After years of training and clinical experience, each chiropractic doctor becomes highly skilled in the delivery of a variety of adjusting approaches, making chiropractic care safe and effective for the whole family.
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