What is a Chiropractic Adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustments, also known as chiropractic manipulative therapy (CMT), is mechanical thrust into a joint. This treatment is primarily used to improve motion and function in a joint that has lost it’s normal or optimal motion. In some instances, chiropractic adjustments may be used to correct the alignment of a joint in the spine or extremity.
Overall, the goals of treatment with a chiropractic adjustment are the same as other treatments in physical medicine used during therapy and rehabilitation. These goals include:
- Reliving pain in conditions associated with joints, muscles, and nerves.
- Restoring adequate movement to joints that have a poor range of motion.
- Improving your ability to move and function normally in everyday activities and sports.
- Relieving tension and mechanical stress on other associated structures of the body.
Are Chiropractic Adjustments Safe?
Chiropractic adjustments and joint manipulation techniques have been studied extensively and have shown through peer-reviewed research to be an extremely safe treatment when used appropriately and by a trained provider. When compared to other treatments (over the counter medications and prescription drugs, surgery, and injections) chiropractic adjustments have significantly less serious risks and side effects.
In some situations chiropractic adjustments may not be the best treatment for your injury or conditions. Our providers are trained to recognize these situations and have other treatments to offer that can be just as effective. If we think it’s necessary to see a different provider we will inform you and make sure you find appropriate treatment.
What Types of Chiropractic Adjustments Do We Use?
Our chiropractors primarily utilize diversified chiropractic manipulative therapy. Diversified chiropractic adjustments are the most common and most researched treatment method used by chiropractors accross the world.
Some patients may respond better to different methods of chiropractic adjustments, or their condition is appropriate for diversified chiropractic adjustments. For these patients, we also offer other manipulation techniques such as instrument-assisted adjustments, drop piece adjusting (Thompson Technique), and flexion-distraction (Cox Technique).
Although chiropractic adjustments are one of principal treatments we provide, they’re only a part of our treatment strategies and are not typically used in isolation. When usedd in conjunction with other treatments rehab exercise plans they are effective and a safe and conservative first line approach for many conditions.