The adjustment is a safe, natural, noninvasive procedure used by the chiropractor to restore and improve health. Learning the art of adjusting is a skill that requires years of study and practice. Chiropractic doctors are the only health care professionals trained to deliver the chiropractic adjustment. Spinal adjustments by any other individual or health care professional have been shown to be dangerous and less effective.

What Is A Spinal Adjustment?

layoutIn basic terms, the spinal adjustment or spinal manipulation refers to the process in which the doctor of chiropractic skillfully applies controlled force into one or more "fixated" vertebrae of the spine. The adjustment is also frequently used in the pelvic region to normalize the sacroiliac joints. Dr. Johnson has been trained to use a special instrument (the Impulse IQ) to adjust the spine and extremities. This instrument enables him to apply a very precise amount of pressure to the malfunctioning joint without involving surrounding joints.

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When Should Spinal Adjustments Be Given?

layoutSpinal adjustments are applied to certain vertebrae of the spine which are no longer able to move properly, where functioning has become impaired. The chiropractor uses a number of unique tests and procedures to determine which, if any, vertebrae are unable to move properly. These malfunctioning joints may be in the back or neck or in shoulders, hips, arms and legs. The loss of function is not always painful initially, but as the condition persists discomfort usually increases.

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What Do Spinal Adjustments Do?

layoutChiropractic adjustments are designed to restore movement to fixated joints. Doing so reduces pain and inflammation, eases muscle spasm and tension, normalizes spinal biomechanics and more importantly, can remove nerve irritation and interference which can improve overall health and wellness of the individual.

The Non-Spinal Adjustment

layoutIn addition to adjusting the spine and pelvis, almost every other joint of the body can be adjusted by the chiropractor. This includes the joints of the hands and feet, wrists and ankles, elbows and knees, shoulders and hips, ribs and the jaw.

Like the joints of the spine, joints in the extremities can also become misaligned and fixated. Chiropractic adjustive techniques can restore and enhance extremity joint functioning which can increase the life of the joint and keep wear and tear to a minimum. This is of special interest to athletes who generally demand optimal joint performance from highly stressed joints. Adjusting provides an immediate increase in joint range of motion and also supplies the joint with nutrients, as motion is the only way to bring nutrients into the joint cartilage and flush wastes products out.

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layoutDid your mother ever warn you that "cracking" your knuckles would give you arthritis? If she did, we're sorry to say that she was wrong! Research has actually shown that individuals who habitually "crack" their knuckles over their lifetime actually lower the incidence of arthritis in their knuckles compared with those who do not. Researchers believe the knuckle "cracking" increases joint nutrition and maintains joint motion, both of which are essential for a healthy joint.

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