A chiropractic adjustment, or manipulation as they're sometimes referred to, is the use of a specific force, "thrust" in the precise direction, applied to a joint that is fixated, "locked up" or not moving. The objective of this thrust 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, slip and fall or sports injury.
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.
There are many ways to adjust the spine. An adjustment is often a high velocity, low force thrust from the chiropractor utilizing the hands or an instrument to move a 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.
Overall, adjustments help normalize the spinal function and joint mobility. They are an excellent way to keep the body functioning at its highest level. When nervous system function improves in this way, the body can begin the natural healing process.
" There is a vast difference between treating the effects and adjusting the cause." DD Palmer