A significant portion of our work in healing subluxations is adjustments or manipulations. These adjustments are the minor movement of vertebrae in the spine. Our objective in performing adjustments is to realign vertebrae that have moved out of place for any number of reasons ranging from normal daily activity to trauma such as a car accident.
When your vertebrae are out of place, it has an overall negative systemic effect from the muscular to the central nervous system. Without proper alignment our bodies can not support proper communication of brain functions through our nerves to our other bodily systems, causing us to perform at less than our peak potential.
Most adjustments are pressure from the chiropractor utilizing the hands or an instrument to move a vertebrae back into place. This happens with a quick movement and is most often performed without discomfort. You may often hear a noise that sounds like you are cracking your knuckles, referred to as joint cavitation. This sound is caused by 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 body is in alignment, the body is able to respond and perform as it was designed to.