WHAT IS AN ADJUSTMENT?
The Australian Chiropractors Association defines an adjustment as:
A procedure used by chiropractors that utilises controlled force, leverage, direction, amplitude and velocity, which is applied to specific joints and adjacent tissues. Chiropractors commonly use such procedures to influence joint and neurophysiological function.
An adjustment is the primary method a Chiropractor uses to correct spinal subluxations or misalignments. It often involves placing the hands over the subluxated area and pushing downward to shift the subluxated vertebrae back into the correct position. The amount of force used by the Chiropractor is determined by the the age, condition and symptoms of the patient being adjusted. Alternatively, Chiropractors may perform adjustments using a handheld device called an activator to apply a variable amount of force to the misaligned area.
Many Chiropractors utilise a range of techniques such as trigger point release, muscle testing or targeted percussive massage in addition to adjustments. These techniques are beneficial for patients suffering from increased pain or restriction in a particular area of the body as they offer your Chiropractor a focused and specific way to test the functionality of joints and muscles and to relieve discomfort and pain.
The image below shows a Chiropractor performing a manual adjustment ie: one using just the Chiropractor's hands, to the neck of her young patient.
The image below shows a Chiropractor performing an adjustment using an activator; one of several devices a Chiropractor may use during an adjustment.
Regardless of the techniques your Chiropractor employs, the end goal is always to correct a misalignment and return the flow of information to your nervous system. Through the delivery of adjustments which are customised and appropriate to our patients requirements we can offer a safe, non-invasive and wholistic approach to alleviate your symptoms and help you feel healthier.