Does a Chiropractor "Adjust" My Spine?
"An adjustment," as doctors of chiropractic
use the term, means the specific manipulation of vertebrae which are
slightly displaced or fail to function normally. These are the vertebrae
that are causing a disturbance to the nervous system and interfering
with normal nerve supply.
Doctors of chiropractic spend countless hours learning palpation(the
art of examining by touch)and spinal examining procedures in order
to administer a specific spinal adjustment. Considerable skill and
dexterity are required to become proficient in the art of chiropractic.
If you remember the premise of chiropractic-that many ills come about
as a result of improper nerve supply-you will understand why your
doctor will do everything he can to restore proper nerve function
to your body.
For this reason, the primary treatment will be specific vertebral
adjustments or "manipulations." as they are area of your
spine and nervous system that may affect the area of your complaint.
The adjustment is usually given by hand. It consists of placing the
patient on a specially designed adjusting table and then applying
pressure, using specialized techniques, to the areas of the spine
that are out of proper alignment or that do not move properly within
their normal range of motion. There are many varied techniques which
are effectively employed by your doctor of chiropractic, and the specific
procedure to be used will be determined following a careful evaluation
of your radiographs and physical findings.
The experience of your doctor in manipulative procedures will determine
the type of manipulation and the frequency with which you will be
manipulated. The number of treatments required by any particular patient
"This articles from introduction
to chiropractic by Louis sportelli D.C."
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