Chiropractic adjustments, or joint manipulations, are a safe and highly effective therapy for relieving both acute and chronic conditions of the spine and extremities. There is an ever growing body of high quality research supporting its efficacy and cost-effectiveness over other more invasive therapies.
The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile, or restricted, in their movement patterns. These restrictions can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as a fall or the improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stress, such as running with improper biomechanics. In either situation, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and altered function. Manipulation of the affected joints helps to decrease pain, restore range of motion, and improves overall function.