One of the most common chiropractic treatments is the adjustment. An adjustment is a non-invasive, manual procedure that is designed to restore motion to a restricted joint in the body.
Our bodies are designed for movement and without it, we will definitely experience poor health consequences.
The body contains many joints; both in the spine as well as more peripheral joints such as the wrist and ankle. When these joints are not moving properly, it can cause pain, muscle tightness and muscle soreness. This can result in your body trying to compensate for the loss of motion in one area by creating extra movement elsewhere. When this happens in the spine, it can translate into irritated joints above or below the level that isn’t moving properly, or a postural shift of the shoulders or hips in order to compensate for muscle tightness which accompanies a fixed joint. In the extremities, it can greatly affect the individual’s ability to carry on their activities of daily living.
The purpose of an adjustment is to decrease pain, muscle tightness or spasm, and return the joint to its full range of motion.