The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as “spinal manipulation,” also called “chiropractic adjustment.” It is a highly specific, controlled, and manual procedure that focuses on a specific joint, using a low force velocity (pressure) in a specific direction. Basically, a force is applied to the joint of the body, particularly the spine, “unlocking” it from its improper restricted position. This helps reduce pain and restores or enhances joint function.
There are different techniques and procedures that are adapted to meet the specific needs of each patient. We take into consideration a person’s age, sex, weight, and bone/muscle structure to determine the most effective adjustment technique to use.
Very few patients report that there is any pain associated with having an adjustment. It is also common to hear or feel a “popping” sound, which is normal when gases in the joints are released.