Read Judith's testimonial

  • Pain Medication for Sciatica
  • Chiropractic Adjustment
I am very fortunate to have found Dr. Ehlers. For over ten years, I have suffered lower back pain and sciatica from an old high school track and field injury. My condition was aggravated and almost unbearable during my first trimester of my second pregnancy. The pain was so overwhelming at night and in the morning; it took me 10 minutes just to get myself out of bed. The shooting pain frightened me and made me wonder if I would be able to continue work or even be able to care for my two-year old daughter. A good friend of mine referred me to Dr. Ehlers and within five visits, I regained full range of motion, obtained flexibility and the constant pain disappeared. The stretches and strengthening exercises, as well as the prenatal yoga suggested by Dr. Ehlers has allowed me to continue work and have fun with my family again. I came to him, just in time!

Judith, 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.


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