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Adjustments, or manipulation as they're sometimes referred to, 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. Even the most natural birth process can place stress on a newborn babies spine and cranium (head). This can lead to future health problems down the road.
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 potential.
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 (or slow, depending on technique) 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. Hearing the cracking sound does not neccessarily indicate a successful adjustment. Sometimes joints don't have the gases built up.
Our adjustments are designed to aid in the body’s ability to adapt and function the way it is designed to. Our doctors are trained in a variety of chiropractic techniques including Diversified, Thompson, Activator, Extremity Adjusting, and Webster Technique. Each of the techniques are used to accommodate the patients’ needs.