A chiropractic adjustment, also known as chiropractic manipulation, manual manipulation, or spinal manipulation, is the primary chiropractic treatment method for back pain.
Spinal manipulation relieves pressure on joints, reduces inflammation, and improves nerve function. It has been a trusted form of treatment since the ancient Greek Hippocrates documented manipulative techniques in his writings back in 1500 B.C. Today, spinal manipulation is used to treat conditions such as allergies, menstrual cramps, chronic pain and headaches.
How Does Spinal Manipulation Work?
There are well over 100 types of adjustment techniques used by chiropractors throughout the world. Some practitioners may use a gentle impulse force, while other techniques are even more gentle. Regardless of how they are performed, these techniques are intended to restore or enhance joint function with the objectives of reducing pain and resolving joint inflammation. They have been shown to be safe.
When vertebrae shift out of place, there is an overall systemic response from the muscular system to the central nervous system. Without proper alignment and flow, our nerves, our immune system, and our minds cannot function at their highest peak. During the 1918 influenza pandemic, MDs, Chiropractors, and Osteopaths all participated in treatment of those affected with the virus. In New York, Oklahoma and Iowa excellent records were kept of death rates. In Iowa for example people treated by Chiropractors had a mortality rate of 0.12% while those treated by medical doctors had a mortality rate of 6.53%. Some more recent studies indicate that the reason so many people may have done better under chiropractic and also osteopathy is because they were treating with manipulation primarily the upper thoracic spine and upper cerival vertebrae. It is suggested in research that spinal manipulation could positively affect the immune system and health of the individual.
Overall, spinal adjustments and manipulations are an excellent way to keep the body functioning at its highest level without any discomfort. When the body is adequately aligned, it becomes able to respond and perform as it was built to do.