A chiropractic adjustment, also known as chiropractic manipulation, manual manipulation, or spinal manipulation, is the primary chiropractic treatment method for back pain.
Spinal manipulation relieves pressure on joints and nerves, reduces inflammation, and improves nerve function. It has been a trusted form of treatment since the ancient Greece. Hippocrates documented manipulative techniques in his writings back in 1500 B.C. Today, spinal manipulation is used to treat a wide array of conditions such as allergies, menstrual cramps and headaches.
How Does Spinal Manipulation Work?
There are well over 100 types of adjustment techniques used by chiropractors throughout the world. Some practitioners may use force and twisting, while other techniques are more gentle. Regardless of how they are performed, these techniques are intended to restore or enhance joint function with the objectives of reducing nerve pressure and resolving joint inflammation.
When vertebrae are not moving properly, there is an overall systemic response from the muscular system to the central nervous system. Without proper motion and flow, our nerves, our immune system, and our minds cannot function at their highest potential.
Overall, spinal adjustments and manipulations are an excellent way to keep the body functioning at its highest level without any discomfort. When the body is moving properly and adequately aligned, it becomes able to respond and perform as it was built to do.