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  • Chiropractic Adjustment
Having recently suffered back injury from a car accident with virtually no experience with a chiropractor. Dr. Ehlers has proven to be incredible! His knowledge, skill set and people skills coupled with his astute use of technology has brought me great relief! Their entire staff including their office manager and doctors function as a great team better meeting the needs of their patients. Thank you all so very much!

Darcy, Chiropractic Adjustment

Chiropractic Adjustment

A chiropractic adjustment, also known as chiropractic manipulation, manual manipulation, or spinal manipulation, is a common therapeutic treatment for lower back pain. A chiropractic adjustment refers to a chiropractor applying manipulation to the vertebrae that have abnormal movement patterns or fail to function normally.

The objective of this chiropractic treatment is to reduce the subluxation, with the goals of increasing range of motion, reducing nerve irritability and improving function.

Chiropractic Adjustment Description

A chiropractic adjustment typically involves:

  • A high velocity, short lever arm thrust applied to a vertebra
  • An accompanying, audible release of gas (joint cavitation) that is caused by the release of oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide, which releases joint pressure (cavitation)
  • A relieving sensation most of the time, although minor discomfort has been reported (that usually lasts for a short time duration) if the surrounding muscles are in spasm or the patient tenses up during this chiropractic care.

Chiropractic Adjustment Techniques

There are many different manipulative techniques that can be utilized in chiropractic, and there is a certain skill level and "art" involved with high velocity, low amplitude adjustment or manipulation. It is perhaps more important for the chiropractor to determine when not to apply the adjustment.

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This page was last updated on 07/13/2014 11:39 AM PST by Staff at Oasis MD
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