A chiropractic adjustment is the art of using a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a joint that is fixated, “locked up”, or not moving properly. It adds motion to the joint, helping the bones gradually return to a more normal position and motion. The purpose of this safe and natural procedure is improved joint function and hence, improved health. The key to chiropractic care is the spinal adjustment.
There are many adjusting techniques. A chiropractor may use a certain technique on one visit and a totally different one the next. Chiropractors select the technique which will most effectively correct subluxations with a minimum of force. That’s why even slightly built doctors can perform excellent adjustments on all patients regardless of their size.
Because most adjusting techniques emphasize using minimal force and gentle pressure, few patients feel any discomfort during the adjustment. Many, however, will hear popping sounds. The noises you hear are tiny pockets of gas releasing with a pop, which is completely normal. Once you get used to the noises, if there are any, you may associate them with “good” adjustments. However, be aware that in time, these noises may lessen or disappear completely. When this happens, it doesn’t mean the adjustment has stopped “working.” It only means that normal flexibility is returning to the affected vertebrae.