Chiropractic adjustment – definition
An adjustment, also known as manipulation, spinal manipulation or spinal manipulative therapy, is the most common form of treatment carried out at Deluca Chiropractic. A chiropractic adjustment refers to the chiropractor applying manipulation to a joint to improve its mobility. Most people associate an adjustment with the spine but chiropractors can adjust most joints in the body.
Objective of a chiropractic adjustment
The aim of performing a chiropractic adjustment is to reduce joint restriction, increase range of motion, reduce nerve irritation and improve the function of the joint.
Description of a chiropractic adjustment
An adjustment typically involves first locating a joint that requires to be adjusted. To achieve the required movement to the fixed joint the chiropractor will position you to achieve tension in the required joint, following this, the adjustment will take place. A quick, low amplitude, force is applied to the fixed joint, often resulting in a pop and increased movement.
This click or pop is the audible release of gas (cavitation) which releases joint tension. This is an interesting article from April 2015 published in the Daily Mail which actually states the benefits of ‘cracking’ your knuckles. Cracking of the joint doesn’t happen with every chiropractic adjustment, in fact the crack is not indicative of a successful chiropractic adjustment.
Treatment other than adjustments
Chiropractic adjustments are the preferred treatment approach for fixed or stiff joints but they are not our only treatment method. The chiropractor has various adjustment techniques which include instrument adjusting or using special ‘drop’ pieces in the chiropractic treatment couch. Every individual is different; treatment is tailored you, your condition, age and any other factors which are relevant.
Typically the chiropractor will perform trigger point therapy and some deep tissue massage to any areas prior to performing a chiropractic adjustment. If your muscles are particularly tight, a mechanical massage device might be used to soften those muscles first.
Within the clinic we also have a very experienced massage therapist who you might be referred to, either before chiropractic treatment or during a course of treatment to support your recovery.
Generally, following a chiropractic adjustment it is advised you use an ice pack on the areas adjusted. This reduces inflammation and aids the healing process.
For long term improvement and management of your condition, a series of exercises may be prescribed along with ergonomical advice. The chiropractor can also provide advice about sleep and diet.
How many chiropractic adjustments will I need?
The chiropractor will discuss this with you during your second appointment. Generally the number of chiropractic adjustments you need depends upon:
- How fit and healthy you are.
- The length of time you’ve had the complaint.
- How severe it is.
- Your age.
- If you have any additional medical conditions/complaints.
- How able you are to change some of your daily activities and increase/modify your exercise routine.
We work with every patient individually, as a result you will be prescribed with a tailored programme of appointments and things to do between appointments to aid your improvement.
Our goal is to improve your complaint and reach your optimum health and well-being.