Adjustments, or manipulation as they're sometimes referred to, are the movement of vertebrae in the spine by your doctor of chiropractic. The objective of this movement is to restore altered or lost function. Spinal function may be compromised for a number of reasons ranging from normal daily activity to trauma such as a car accident. It is not uncommon to have back or neck pain that arises for no particular reason. Sleeping wrong, sitting in a car too long, or other seemingly innocent activities can at times lead to significant spinal dysfunction and pain.
When spinal vertebrae do not function properly, it may lead to a variety of problems from muscular pain or spasm to nerve irritation. Without proper spinal function you may have many symptoms ranging from mild stiffness and discomfort to acute, severe pain.
An adjustment is often a pressure or gentle push on the spine from the chiropractor utilizing the hands or an instrument to help restore the normal function of a vertebra. This happens with a quick movement and is most 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 spine is functioning properly, the body is able to respond and perform as it was designed to.