Spinal Adjustment is a gentle, controlled movement of the spinal joint to correct a stress point or misalignment, which is also called a subluxation or a fixation. Many people say it feels like massage pressure. The goal of correcting a Subluxation is to remove stress from the joint, decompress nerves that are being restricted, balance the muscles, restore circulation, and remove pain that is all caused by a spinal misalignment. The adjustment is designed to restore flexibility to the individual joint spaces and allow the nerves that cross between these areas to send nerve impulses without stress. In the process of restoring range of motion to the individual joints a balance is achieved that allows your posture to become normal and promote healthy muscles and disc spaces.
Chiropractic adjustments are applied to the joints of the body including the neck, midback, lowback, pelvis, and arm and leg joints. The adjustment techniques will vary between doctors and patients. For example, the low pressure techniques using instruments like an activator tool are used on infants and osteoporotic patients may not work on a large athletic football player, he may need an adjustment that is more physical with heavy massage-like pressure. There are even adjustments designed for horses, cows, and dogs! So as you can see adjustment techniques will be applied based on the patients specific spinal shape or condition. Also during a treatment program a technique may be changed to allow a better, more effective spinal correction.