A spinal adjustment, also known as chiropractic manipulation or manual manipulation, involves the gentle, therapeutic manipulation of your vertebrae, or the bones that make up your spine, by a chiropractic doctor. This usually includes adjusting problematic vertebrae that aren’t functioning well, or those that have abnormal movement patterns. The primary goals of a spinal adjustment are to relieve pain, reduce subluxation and nerve irritation, increase joint range of motion, and improve overall function.
Before Dr. Heller can perform spinal adjustments, he needs to find out more about your symptoms and health concerns. He’ll perform a comprehensive chiropractic examination to test your reflexes and flexibility; he may also perform standard postural, orthopedic, and neurological screenings. Depending on your specific condition, he may recommend X-ray studies to help determine the best course of treatment for you.
Spinal adjustments are performed on a chiropractic table. Although there’s a wide variety of manipulative techniques in chiropractic care, a spinal adjustment treatment typically includes a high velocity, short lever arm thrust applied directly to the problematic vertebra, followed by the audible release of gas as joint pressure is released. During treatment, most patients experience a constant sense of relief, which may be interrupted by minor, short-term discomfort.
Chiropractic adjustments are designed to help restore your spine, nerves, and discs to a healthy, working order. Adjustments can help with a variety of spine-related problems, including:
Disc and nerve problems can lead to a wide variety of symptoms, which is why these problems through spinal manipulation can help relieve neck and shoulder pain, lower back pain, sciatic nerve pain, or even numbness and tingling in your legs.
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