An adjustment, also called manipulation, is a highly qualified and precise movement that is usually applied manually to an articulation (joint).
The purpose of the adjustment is to :
- Reduce pain and stiffness,
- Improve mobility
- Restore function to the affected area.
Most patients experience immediate relief after adjustments/mobilizations. We are trained to modify the procedure and positioning according to the individual needs of each patient. With this procedure, the patient may or may not hear a cracking or clicking sound caused by changes in pressure in the joint. These pressure changes cause a gas bubble to escape from the joint capsule, creating the sound.
Various techniques can be used to mobilize or adjust a joint such as flexion distraction, drop piece adjusting, Diversified manual adjusting, manual mobilizations, and instrument assisted mobilizations.
Drop piece adjusting
Drop pieces are sections of the chiropractic table that have the capability of elevating and dropping with the adjustment. This technique allows for increased velocity in the adjustment and greater motion induced into the joint. They can be used to provide relief in any articulation that isn’t moving well.
Flexion – Distraction Table
It is a special table that allows flexion of the spine. It is used to mobilize the vertebrae of the spine. It can be used to treat many conditions, such as to aid in the reduction of disc bulges and disc herniations, and to provide relief for low back pain and stenosis patients.