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Chiropractic Adjustment for Beginners

What is a chiropractic adjustment and how does it work?

Chiropractic adjustment image by Lightwavemedia (via Shutterstock).

Chiropractic adjustment image by Lightwavemedia (via Shutterstock).

Firstly, if you live in Manchester and Leeds, or at least a short distance from the two great cities, thank you for showing an interest in our website. If you are considering our practice for chiropractic treatment, we will be delighted to hear from you shortly. One of the key aspects of our work as chiropractors is Chiropractic Adjustment. This is the main part of the treatment we offer.

Chiropractic adjustment or chiropractic manipulation?

The above terms are exactly the same thing. Some chiropractors refer to it as manual manipulation or spinal manipulation. Whatever the above terms, they refer to the chiropractor’s manipulation of your vertebrae.

Chiropractic adjustment aims to reduce subluxation, and increase the range of motion. This makes your nerves less irritable and improves the way your body functions. One popular method includes the use of a fast, short lever arm thrust to the vertebrae. Another one, joint cavitation, may involve a release of gas caused by the release of oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide.

There are countless other spinal adjustment methods and techniques. These include:

  • Toggle Drop: where your chiropractor places his or her crossed hands on a particular part of your spine;
  • Instrument Adjustments: the gentlest chiropractic method. You lie down on your stomach and the chiropractor uses a spring loaded activator to realign your spine. It is also suitable for animals (right now, Chiropractic First doesn’t offer a walk-in service for your cat or dog);
  • Manipulation Under Anaesthesia: if other chiropractic methods have failed, this is applied by a suitably qualified chiropractor under hospital outpatient style conditions.

These include proprietary methods, developed by other private clinics. Examples of which include the Cox, Blair, and Pettibon methods.

Chiropractic First, 23 August 2017.