Chiropractic care consists of adjustments, or manipulation as they're sometimes referred to, which are the minor movement of 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 the muscular to the central nervous system. We can't function at our peak without proper alignment and flow of all nerves and systems from the brain throughout the body.
An adjustment is often a pressure 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.
Adjustments occur in the neck and back, but can contribute to the well-being of other parts of the body. Neck or back pain can benefit greatly from an adjustment. Overall, adjustments are an excellent way to keep the body functioning at its highest level. When the body is in alignment, the body is able to respond and perform as it was designed to.
You can learn more about chiropractic care under the "Health Resources" tab. You can also call us at 703-273-2792 or email us at [email protected] for an appointment.