Chiropractic adjustment is the application of mild pressure to the bone to loosen it from its improper position. This adjustment helps restore bones to their correct position and make the spinal and neural systems function optimally. The chiropractor’s responsibility is to adjust the spine so that any abnormal movement of the vertebrae is rectified and vertebral subluxation reduced. Subluxation is a wrong positioning of a vertebra or vertebrae causing a misalignment. The misalignment causes pressure and irritation of the spine, which disrupts neural signals from the brain to the muscles, tissues and various parts of the body. The bad transmission of nerve signals are the result of sickness and ailments in the neuromusculoskeletal (NMS) system of the body.
The chiropractor’s job is to find subluxations and manually treat them effectively and in the least painful fashion. Chiropractic adjustment is also called specific manipulation or spinal adjustment. This type of adjustment is the most commonly used technique in chiropractic therapy and it effectively minimizes the pinching or irritability of the nerves by treating the subluxations. Chiropractic adjustment has twenty or more varieties. These varieties have their own unique way of adjusting the spine back into its correct position. They all aim to preserve the integrity of the vertebral system by reducing or eliminating any harmful effects or problems in the NMS system. It is important for the chiropractor to know the condition of the spine and the patient’s age before he carries on chiropractic adjustment.
The chiropractor Lorain usually does physical and diagnostic examination on the patient. The chiropractor uses x-ray or thermo graphic test on the patient and studies the subluxations in the spine. With thermo graphic testing, temperature patterns on the skin will reveal any signs of any nerve dysfunction and with these; he can make an assessment and diagnosis of the problem. The chiropractor upon diagnosis should know what areas to manipulate and/or massage and what areas to be left alone. Importantly, he also can decide whether chiropractic treatment is in the patient’s best interest or whether it might even do further harm to the patient. Some diagnostic tools also used by chiropractors are motion palpation, spinal palpation, neurological examination and orthopedic examination.
Chiropractic adjustment benefits the patient in a number of ways. The patient’s threshold for pain is raised higher, muscle tension is reduced, muscles are relaxed, blood pressure is normalized and regulated, blood flow is enhanced, melatonin secretion is increased and endorphins are released. The effectiveness of chiropractic adjustment depends on the knowledge of the chiropractor on what technique is best suited per patient and in the chiropractor’s skill in manipulation. Oftentimes, it is the technique used which can effectively cure the patient or may make the condition even worse.