You have probably heard a friend say “I really need to see my Chiropractor for an adjustment.” Or maybe, “I just got adjusted by my Chiropractor, and I really feel great!”
The human spine and central nervous system are interconnected. Joints in the spine that are not moving properly can irritate adjacent nerves. A chiropractic adjustment adds movement to the joints, minimizing disturbances to the nervous system. The natural functions of the body systems allow health to then return.
But what does it mean, to be “adjusted?”
After eight years of education, your chiropractor has extensive training in how to adjust the spine. He or she knows how to work with the body to naturally right itself, helping it to move back into proper alignment. A variety of techniques and methods are used depending on the needs of the individual patient. Some of these include specific and accurate thrusts, slow and constant pressure, or a gentle quick force delivered from an instrument. Sometimes more than one region of the spine may be adjusted, other times only one. The patient may hear a slight popping sound during the treatment. Most often, patients feel more relaxed, a sense of ease, and overall well-being.
Often the question is asked, “Are adjustments safe?” The answer is yes! A New Zealand government study found that adjustments are “remarkably safe.” By avoiding drugs and risky surgery, chiropractic care enjoys an excellent track record. A thorough exam can identify the rare person for whom chiropractic care might be unsuited. Compare the statistics. Adjustments are about 100 times safer than taking an over-the-counter pain reliever.
Who can benefit from Chiropractic adjustments? Newborns, children, adults, pregnant women, seniors, and even those who have had previous back surgery! Adjustments can benefit the whole family in the areas of pain relief and general health and vitality.