After identifying which spinal segments, or vertebrae, have lost their normal motion or position, a specific manual thrust is administered to free up “stuck” joints.
First, an analysis of your spine is performed. This can initially involve a case history, orthopedic tests, neurological evaluation and X-ray pictures of your spine to determine how we can help.
We determine which area of the spine is in dysfunction through the use of motion palpation assessment. The chiropractor checks the spinal joints motion by assessing each segment as you twist and turn. Or, a leg check may be performed, to uncover an imbalance in the neck or lower back.
With the malposition of one or more spinal segments identified, a specific manual thrust is administered. Which direction, speed, depth and angle that are used is determined by the doctor, this skill is developed through years of experience, practice and a thorough understanding of spinal mechanics.
The energy delivered during the thrust may produce a slight “popping” sound from the shifting of gas and fluids in the joint. This sound may be interesting, but is not a guide as to the value or effectiveness of the adjustment. Chiropractic adjustments are designed to remove restriction from the joint and do not always produce that audible sound.
Chiropractic adjustments improve spinal motion and reduce nervous system interferences. Virtually all joints of the body can be adjusted to help restore proper range of motion and improve function.