Why Chiropractic Adjustments are the Foundation of Chiropractic


chiropractic adjustmentChiropractic adjustments are the foundation of a chiropractic treatment. Chiropractors use adjustments to correct vertebral subluxations, or dislocations and misalignments of the bones of the spine, also known as vertebrae.

The word subluxation has its origins in the Latin words luxare (to dislocate) and sub (mild). Subluxations may put pressure on or irritate nerves and blood vessels in the spine and cause musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction.

Chiropractic adjustments, also known as spinal manipulation, involve the use of a certain amount of controlled force, applied in a specific direction, to a joint that is not moving properly. Adjustments are usually carried out manually by the doctor, or by using an instrument.

Chiropractic adjustments help return your vertebrae to their natural position and range of motion, with the goal of restoring health and normal functioning. In addition to restoring joint mobility, adjustments can also allow healing of tissue injuries involving inflammation and pain.

Before carrying out an adjustment, your chiropractic doctor will thoroughly evaluate your case through collection of a health history, physical examinations, laboratory tests, imaging (such as X-rays) and other procedures.

During the adjustment procedure itself, you may be lying down on a specially designed chiropractic table. Your chiropractor will apply the adjustment in a controlled, sudden manner, pushing your joint beyond its normal range of motion.

There are over 96 individual chiropractic maneuvers your doctor may choose from for your adjustment. Factors in this decision include how much force is needed, where in the body the adjustment is needed, the position of both the chiropractor and the patient also contribute to the selection of the best type of adjustment for your particular condition.

Adjustments may be used to treat back pain, neck pain, or pain in other areas of the body such as arms, legs, and shoulders. The procedure rarely causes pain; however if there is recent trauma or if you are new to chiropractic there may be some mild discomfort.

The popping and cracking noises that occur during adjustments are due to the release of gas bubbles between the joints, and these sounds are perfectly normal. It is a similar phenomenon as when knuckles are popped.

In many cases, chiropractic care is all that is needed to treat a certain kind of problem, such as lower back pain. However, adjustments may be complemented by other medical treatment if concurrent conditions are present.

Resources:

http://www.acatoday.org/

http://www.chiro.org/acc/What_is_Subluxation.shtml

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/chiropractic-adjustment/MY01107

http://www.mdguidelines.com/chiropractic-adjustments-and-manipulations

Dr. Samuel Ruiz is a Licensed Chiropractor in Chino and has been in practice since 2008. He not only provides chiropractic services for the residents of Chino but also Chino Hills, Ontario, Eastvale and the surrounding San Bernardino County and Inland Empire. He graduated from Ayala High School in Chino Hills and is The “Go To” Chiropractor in the Chino Valley. He takes care of adults, children and pregnant women and makes getting adjusted regularly easy, fast and affordable. People come to see Sam The Chiropractor not just for neck pain, back pain and headaches but for a variety of health issues and has clients from zip codes 91710, 91709, 91708, 91752, 92880, 91758, 91761, 91762, 91764. Sam The Chiropractor “Restoring the Doctor Within” 5370 Schaefer Ave., Chino, CA 91710. Located off Schaefer and Central next to AMPM and Farmer Boys. Walk-Ins are Welcome. and no Insurance is Required. New Client Special Includes Consult, Exam & 1st Adjustment and you can schedule your first visit directly on our website, simply walk-in during our normal office hours or by calling (909)529-1179.

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