Chiropractic adjustments or manipulation as they're sometimes referred to is the use of a specific force in a precise direction resulting in minor movement of the vertebrae in the spine. The objective of this movement is to realign vertebrae that have moved out of place for a number of reasons ranging from normal daily activity to trauma such as a car accident.
When these vertebrae are out of place, it has an overall systemic effect from muscular to the central nervous system. Without proper alignment and flow of all nerves and systems in the body from the brain, we can't function at our peak.
An adjustment is often a pressure from the chiropractor utilizing the hands or an instrument to move vertebrae back into place. This happens with a quick movement and is 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.
Depending upon individual patient needs, Dr. Petersen provides a variety of different gentle adjusting techniques such as:
- Manual Manipulation
- Thompson Drop Technique
- Activator Method
- Flexion Distraction
- S.O.T. Blocks
Regardless of the technique used, each chiropractic adjustment is tailored to the patient’s age, size, and unique spinal problem.
Overall, adjustments are an excellent way to keep the body functioning at its maximum potential. When the body is in alignment, the body is able to respond and perform as it was designed to.