Chiropractors use what is called an “adjustment” to return spinal bones to their original position, and to restore their motion.
This allows your nervous system to function properly and enhances your body’s natural healing ability.
Adjustments can be achieved in several ways including hands-on techniques, an adjusting device called an “Activator,” or with the help of specialized tables. Your doctor will select the techniques most appropriate for you, based on your age and condition. The techniques used to treat infants and children differ greatly from those used to treat adults.
With some adjusting techniques you will hear a “pop” sound. That sound is simply a release of pressure and gas from the synovial fluid that lies between the joints.
Spinal degenerative changes like bone spurs and loss of disc height that are detected by x-ray are irreversible, however, appropriate chiropractic care can help to prevent the process from continuing, and reduce the arthritic symptoms.