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Monday, August 25, 2014

The Chiropractic Adjustment

You may have heard some chiropractic patients describe their chiropractic adjustment as a "pop" or a "crack." Often when a joint is adjusted to it's normal position by a chiropractor, there will be a cavitation of the joint space. This is heard and/or felt as a "pop." Very simply it's a gas release within this joint space that makes the noise.

Doctor's of Chiropractic are trained to deliver adjustments to the spinal joints or to the extraspinal joints in order to improve range of motion, relieve nerve irritation, and improve well-being. By doing this we are able to possibly help with back pain, neck pain, muscle aches, etc. Within the realm of the medical field and insurance the chiropractic adjustment is referred to as "chiropractic manipulative therapy (CMT)."

Almost anyone can "pop" a joint (we don't advise that of course). However, many other health care professionals and service oriented professions utilize "manipulative" therapy in order to help with pain, improve blood flow, or increase range of motion. So, whether it is your next door neighbor, your physiotherapists, physical therapists, osteopath, barber or even your massage can get your "back popped." What's the big difference in CMT or a chiropractic adjustment as opposed to all the rest?

Depending on how the doctor of chiropractic practices, sometimes nothing is different.

Often times though, the chiropractic adjustment is very different. Chiropractors are uniquely trained to apply a corrective force to the spinal joints. The most unique aspects of the adjustment is the specificity and intent.
The doctor of chiropractic spends at least four years learning how to correctly analyze each joint in the spine. Along with that analysis comes the determination of what is effected within the body by that misalignment or spinal joint fixation including: muscle issues, decrease in range of motion, and interference within the nervous system. From there the chiropractor knows specifically how the correct that joint in the most gentle and specific manner possible to restore proper function. Within a matter of seconds, the doctor can determine the proper vector, angle and force needed to correctly adjust the problem spinal joint for that specific patient and their spine. Chiropractic adjustments are tailored and specific not only to each joint, but also to each spine. From infants to elderly, the doctor of chiropractic performing specific adjustments can deliver the proper adjustment for each patient. 

At Christopher Chiropractic it's not uncommon to see one of our chiropractors and only get one joint fixed. We are not the docs that move every joint or bone in the back. For a simple description "one pop may be enough." We only fix the joints that are "stuck, not moving" and inhibiting you from functioning at 100% capacity. Those that are "stuck not moving" are corrected in the most specific way possible so that NO other segments or joints around are moved out of position. We find that with this level of specificity patients get better faster. That's why on average we may only see a patient three to five visits before kicking them out.

Our goal a Christopher Chiropractic is to get you feeling better in the most time and cost efficient manner possible so that you can better enjoy life.

If you would like to try chiropractic to see if we can help you call us at (606) 549-4811 to schedule your appointment.

Christopher Chiropractic. Feel better. Enjoy life.   

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