Chiropractic Adjustments, or spinal manipulation as they're sometimes referred to, are the minor movement of vertebrae in the spine. 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.
Spinal vertebrae, when out of normal alignment can affect your health by irritating spinal nerves and affecting the function of these nerves and ultimately the function of your nervous system. Without proper alignment and flow of all nerves and systems in the body from the brain, we can't function at our peak. Symptoms, including pain, are usually the result. As opposed to taking pain masking drugs, which can be dangerous to your health, Chiropractic care seeks to locate the source of your symptoms and address the underlying cause so the problem doesn't keep recurring.
An adjustment is often a pressure from the chiropractor utilizing the hands or an instrument to move a vertebrae back into place. This happens with a quick movement and is often without discomfort. You may hear a noise that sounds like you're cracking your knuckles referred to as joint cavitation. It is the release of gases such as oxygen and nitrogen from the joint.
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 to.