What is a chiropractic adjustment (spinal manipulation)?

Spinal manipulation (chiropractic adjustment) is at the heart of chiropractic. The objective of spinal manipulation is to reduce pain and restore function. An adjustment can be delivered in a number of different ways. Traditional adjustments (image left) almost always produce a popping sound called an osseous release as the joint is manipulated. This sound is a byproduct of an improvement in joint mobility which restores proper joint movement. Chiropractors sometimes use an adjusting instrument such as an Activator(image right) either exclusively or in combination with other techniques to provide an adjustment. There is no osseous release when an adjusting instrument is used. When properly applied both techniques, traditional and instrument-assisted, are usually painless and extrememly safe.

Manipulation is performed around the world. In Europe it is more commonly known as manual therapy.

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