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How It Works?

How Does Chiropractic Work?

Chiropractors correct subluxations (or misaligned vertebral bone) by using highly specific chiropractic adjustments.  These adjustments are done by hand where a high velocity, low amplitude force is transmitted into the patient at the specific area of subluxation in order to correct the alignment within the spine. 


During the adjustment, there is a release of pressure or gas from the restricted joint, thus producing at times an audible ‘crack’.  These sounds may initially be alarming to some, but they are completely normal and are similar to the sound when you crack your knuckles.  We actually also experience these sounds from daily activities such as getting up and stretching out after a night’s rest or long hours at the computer, or even simply just turning our heads after reading in one position for hours. 


We may not know what those sounds mean, but we know it feels somewhat good because the body becomes less tense and achy immediately after.  Chiropractic adjustments are very safe and effective and help to restore function and range of motion to the restricted joints and surrounding muscles, tissues, and organs. 


The danger of subluxations has been known by chiropractors since the beginning of the profession. 


Currently, more and more research is coming out supporting the efficacy of chiropractic care in freeing up the nerve interference within the body caused by subluxations.  Chiropractors are the only healthcare professionals trained in the detection, diagnosing, and correction of vertebral subluxations (misalignments).