The term “adjustment” refers to the specific manipulation chiropractors apply to vertebrae that have abnormal movement patterns or fail to function normally. The objective of chiropractic treatment is to reduce the subluxation, which results in an increased range of motion, reduced nerve irritability and improved function.
The adjustment made by the chiropractor consists of a gentle but high velocity, short lever arm thrust applied to a vertebral segment, which is often accompanied by an audible release of gas (joint cavitation, similar to when you pop your knuckles). The audible sound is caused by the release of oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide, which releases joint pressure (cavitation).
The sensation is usually relieving, though minor discomfort has been reported (that usually lasts for only a short time duration) if the surrounding muscles are in spasm or the patient tenses up during the chiropractic procedure.
There are times when joint cavitation or cracking does not occur and this is often due to either significant muscle splinting or the patient may not be adequately relaxed during the chiropractic procedure. At times like this, it is sometimes best for the chiropractor to apply ice, have the patient rest, or do electrical stimulation and massage prior to attempting spinal adjustment.
Call us today at 239.590.9555 in Fort Myers and 863.675.8900 in LaBelle to schedule a free consultation at our Fort Myers Chiropractic or LaBelle Chiropractic, Florida offices. Chiropractor Dr. Rob Watkins of SWFL Spinal Care provides chiropractic adjustments to patients in Fort Myers, LaBelle, San Carlos and surrounding cities in Lee and Hendry Countys, Florida.