Chiropractic adjustments, sometimes referred to as spinal manipulations or manual manipulations, use directed, controlled force to help restore motion to a joint whose movement has become restricted. The restriction may be due to a specific injury, repetitive use of that joint, or even just sleeping in the wrong position! Regardless of the cause, the goal of the adjustment is restoring proper movement.
How Does Spinal Manipulation Work?
There are a myriad of chiropractic adjustment techniques that exist, but at their core, they all do the same thing. The use a high velocity low amplitude (HVLA) force to restore proper movement to a joint. This in turn can help reduce irritation and thus inflammation to the joint and surrounding areas. Instead of "bad" pain information being sent to your brain, your nervous system can now make room for more beneficial proprioceptive signals to be sent from the formerly fixated joint.