The term Chiropractic Adjustment is often used to describe the manipulation of the spine by trained and skilled practitioners of this ancient science. Chiropractors use a wide range of manual treatment techniques to treat patients, which include spinal manipulation. Chiropractic adjustments are used to correct imbalances between the spine, soft tissues, and muscles. Chiropractors are also trained in therapeutic massage and have specialized programs for the prevention and treatment of back pain and sciatica.
Although most chiropractors do not use spinal manipulation to diagnose and treat problems with the spine, serious complications can occur with chiropractic manipulation if improperly performed. A Chiropractor can misdiagnose a problem with the spine, causing complications or injury. The chiropractor must use proper technique and restraint when making adjustments on the spine.
Chiropractors can perform minor injuries or sprains in the spine but should not be performed adjustments that could cause further damage. If a Chiropractor accidentally sprains a joint, he will need to rest the injured joint for several days, as well as avoid further injury to the body.
Chiropractor adjustments should not be done if the patient has been diagnosed with a hernia, or if the spinal bone protrudes outside the vertebra. Minor spinal adjustments can also be performed if a Chiropractor suspects that there is a vertebral subluxation in his patient.
If the chiropractor believes there is a vertebral subluxation in his patient, then he should make an adjustment to the vertebral body, or subluxation, and the resulting pressure on the vertebral body will allow it to return to its original position. However, if the chiropractor suspects that a hernia exists, then the chiropractor should correct the subluxation as soon as possible to prevent further damage from occurring.
It is very important to have a chiropractor’s spinal manipulation performed correctly, to ensure the best results. Although chiropractors are licensed health care professionals, some states require chiropractors to be licensed medical doctors. and must follow a certain set of guidelines regarding chiropractic adjustments.
The most common form of spinal adjustment is called a transposition. This occurs when the chiropractor moves the head of the spine forward or backward while applying a steady force. This is usually done to loosen the discs between the vertebrae and spinal column. Other spinal adjustments can involve using an appropriate sized lumbar splint or brace, to keep the spine in its proper alignment.
There are risks involved with chiropractic adjustments. This risk is called an incidence of disc herniation, which occurs when the vertebrae can bulge from the spinal column and cause damage to adjacent structures.
One of the most important things to remember when a chiropractic adjustment is performed is that patients should be monitored closely after the procedure. Patients should follow all instructions from their chiropractor regarding post-adjustment care and rest. Patients should not drive after a chiropractic adjustment, since this will not only increase the risks involved, but increase the possibility of additional injuries.