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Chiropractic is a health-care profession that focuses on the vertebral column and other joints of the body, and their connection to the nervous system. The word “chiropractic” means “to be done by hand”. Chiropractors use adjustments to restore joint function and support the nervous system. They help patients maintain optimal health while avoiding unnecessary drugs or surgery. An estimated 50 million Americans see a chiropractor each year.
-Palmer College of Chiropractic
A chiropractic adjustment, also known as chiropractic manipulation, manual manipulation, or spinal manipulation, is a common therapeutic treatment for neck, mid-back, and low back pain.
A chiropractic adjustment refers to a chiropractor applying manipulation to the vertebrae that have abnormal movement patterns or fail to function normally. The objective of this chiropractic treatment is to reduce the mis-alignment, with the goals of increasing range of motion, reducing nerve irritability and improving function.
A chiropractic adjustment typically involves:
+ A high velocity, short lever arm thrust applied to a vertebra.
+ An accompanying, audible release of gas (joint cavitation) that is caused by the release of oxygen,
nitrogen, and carbon dioxide, which releases joint pressure. This is commonly called a cavitation.
+ Release of muscle tightness and spasm.
Good posture helps us stand, walk, sit, and lie in positions that place the least strain on supporting muscles and ligaments during movement and weight-bearing activities.
+ Helps us keep bones and joints in correct alignment so that our muscles are used correctly, decreasing the abnormal wearing of joint surfaces that could result in degenerative arthritis and joint pain.
+ Reduces the stress on the ligaments holding the spinal joints together, minimizing the likelihood of injury.
+ Allows muscles to work more efficiently, allowing the body to use less energy and, therefore,
preventing muscle fatigue.
+ Helps prevent muscle strain, overuse disorders, and even back and muscular pain.
To maintain proper posture, you need to have adequate muscle flexibility and strength, normal joint motion in the spine and other body regions, as well as efficient postural muscles that are balanced on both sides of the spine. In addition, you must recognize your postural habits at home and in the workplace and work to correct them, if necessary.
-American Chiropractic Association