There are many forms of chiropractic adjustments, but traditionally they involve applying an impulse into the spine to cause changes biomechanically and neurologically. These adjustments range from light lower level impulses to higher velocity manual adjustments. Often times directly after an adjustment you will hear a cracking sound. This sound is no different than cracking your knuckles. The sound is gas being released from a change of pressure in the joint.
Every joint level in the spine is supposed to have a certain range of motion. These joints can sometimes become “locked up” and unable to move properly. The surrounding joints can then compensate and (become overused). The adjustment is used to restore the full range of motion to each individual vertebral spinal level.
Many chiropractors rely on one specific set of protocol-driven techniques to provide their adjustments. But here, we feel that there is no “one size fits all” plan. We rely on our motion palpation techniques and skills to locate the level of the spine that are restricted and not moving. We then apply the adjustments we feel is warranted for that level of restriction. Our diversified approach includes low-level impulses with over pressure, adjusting with the assistance of a drop table and traditional high velocity low amplitude adjusting. Many chiropractors use adjustments to help with a number of conditions such as back pain, neck pain, headaches, sciatica, bulging discs, shoulder pain, hip pain and much more.
Here at Optimal Health Chiropractic and Physical Therapy we believe every patient is different, and feel that they should be treated that way.