A Chiropractic adjustment is the use of a specific force in a precise direction that helps normalize spinal function. The adjustment is applied to a joint that is fixated or not moving properly.
There are many factors that go into determining which area(s) of the body would benefit from being adjusted. With palpation possibly being the most important factor, Chiropractors spend countless hours throughout school and their careers on mastering the art of using their hands to assess the body on the skin’s surface.
There are two types of palpation: static and motion. Motion is performed while the joint is moving in different planes of motion. This helps the doctor determine if a specific movement is being blocked in one direction or multiple. Static palpation is just the opposite; it is done while the patient is still. Patient tenderness is often a component of static palpation along with other markers chiropractors are trained to feel such as differences in muscle tone or ligamentous change. Assessing a spinal or extremity joint and knowing if there is or is not a restriction, and if so what structure is causing the limitation, takes years of practice. Training the hands to pick up on subtle differences can at first seem challenging, but to the trained chiropractor it’s second nature.
Almost as important as knowing where to adjust is knowing where NOT to adjust. Many self-adjusters believe that they “adjusted” themselves when they hear a “crack”, when in fact the release is happening in a hyper-mobile joint which can cause more harm than good.
Our joints are kept healthy and nourished through motion and the end goal of a chiropractic adjustment is motion. If staying in motion is important to you, make an appointment with your Doctor of Chiropractic today and get adjusted.
A body in motion stays in motion.