Adjustments (aka: manipulations) are the corrective movement of vertebrae in the spine, or any joint for that matter, back to a more normalized position. The objective of this movement is to realign vertebrae that have moved out of place for a number of reasons ranging from normal daily activity to trauma, such as a car accident.
When these vertebrae are misaligned, it has an overall systemic effect from muscular to the central nervous system. Without proper alignment and flow of all nerves and systems in the body, sometimes impinged by the vertebrae of the spinal column from the brain we can’t function at our peak.
An adjustment is a modulated pressure delivered from the chiropractor to a vertebral segment, or other joint, utilizing the hands or an instrument to move the them back into place. This happens with a quick movement and is often without discomfort. A noise that sounds like you’re cracking your knuckles referred to as joint cavitation, which is the release of gases such as nitrogen from the joint capsule, is sometimes experienced.
Overall, adjustments are an excellent way to keep the body functioning at its highest level. When the body is in alignment, the body is able to respond and perform as it was designed.