Adjustments and Manipulation

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A chiropractic adjustment, also known as chiropractic manipulation, manual manipulation, or spinal manipulation, is the primary chiropractic treatment method for back pain.

Spinal manipulation is 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 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 short, quick procedures, while other techniques are slow with less pressure. The use of a technique is usually dictated by the nature of the problem and the effect the doctor is trying to produce. Regardless of how they are performed, these techniques are intended to restore or enhance joint function, restore a more balanced neurological system with the objectives of reducing pain and resolving joint inflammation. Overall, they promote healing.

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.

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Manipulation of the Extremities

There is also manipulation of the joints of the arms, hands, legs and feet. The extremities. These may be applied in conjunction with spinal manipulation as a mean of effecting a relationship the area has in healing the spinal condition. It can also be that spinal manipulation will be applied along with manipulation of the extremities to assist the condition of the particular extremity. This is done do to the relationships of the muscles and joints via the nervous system.

Lastly, included is manipulation of the TMJ (the jaw). A case in which such will come into play would be a neck injury do to an automobile accident. Headache also may lead to treatment of the TMJ. Of course, people do seek the help of a chiropractic physician in cases of TMJ syndrome.

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