After a thorough examination, a chiropractor adds energy to your spine at the precise levels to help your body “right” itself. Think of a chiropractic adjustment as a gentle “nudge” to help restore better movement to the spine.
The techniques we use will vary according to the individual patient and their needs. Deeper and firmer adjustments to stretch deep muscles may be just what some people require. However, very gentle and slow stretch adjustments will be better suited for others, especially children and older adults.
Whether done with actual hands, various types of handheld instruments, blocks that harness the effect of gravity or by other means, a chiropractic adjustment is distinguished by the chiropractor’s intention.
It surprises many to learn that the intent of chiropractic adjustments is NOT to treat a disease, reduce pain or any other symptom. Granted, that’s a frequent result, but that’s not the purpose of chiropractic adjustments! Instead, the intent of chiropractic adjustments is to help revive your spine’s ability to function more normally.
Helping your spine and nervous system to function to the best of its ability is the century-old basis of chiropractic. Our understanding of how this works has improved with research and scientific study, so today’s chiropractor if far more educated and aware than early chiropractic pioneers.
What do chiropractic adjustments feel like? Usually quite pleasant. Often clients mention that not only do they move better, but that they feel more “connected” and report a pleasant sense of ease and well-being. That’s important. Because repeated visits are often necessary.