What Is A Chiropractic Adjustment?

Many people think a chiropractic adjustment is “cracking the bones” because of the sounds that are made during the actual adjustment.  However when a chiropractor is doing an adjustment the sounds are not the bones “popping” or “cracking” but a release in gas or joint cavitation.  This is caused by the joints releasing of oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide.  This helps to release pressure on the joints, which in turn helps to alleviate pain caused by misalignment of those joints. 

The doctor uses his hands as a tool to manipulate the spine and joints with a thrust which creates movement in the body.  Chiropractors are specialist of not only the spine but the whole alignment of the body.  It is believed that the body is all connected in some way and when the body is not properly in alignment it causes different symptoms, pains or pulling of the muscles.  The spine houses your central nervous system and each nerve has a job to do, when the nerve is compressed, because of subluxations, it is not able to properly do its job.  A subluxation is a misalignment of the spine.  It is the chiropractor’s job to find where these subluxations are taking place and help correct them with spinal manipulation or an adjustment. 

Chiropractors use many different techniques when adjusting and can use various levels of force depending on their patient.  Many chiropractors have family practices and adjust everyone from newborns, small children, teenagers, adults and the elderly.  Everyone can get adjusted, no matter their age or size!  In some occasions if the muscles are extremely tight or the patient is not relaxed during the adjustment you will not hear the joint cavitation or release.  In this case the doctor may advise to ice the area or get it massaged before the next scheduled adjustment. 

If you have questions regarding chiropractic care, contact your local San Deigo Chiropractors office.  Most San Deigo Chiropractor offer free consultations and can go over any questions or concerns you may have about getting started with chiropractic care.