Adjustments, sometimes referred to as manipulations, are the minor movement of spinal vertebrae. The objective is to realign vertebrae that have moved out of place. The reasons vertebrae may have moved can range from regular daily activity to trauma such as an accident.
When vertebrae are out of place, there can be an overall systemic effect on the muscles, central nervous system, and more. To function at our peak it helps when all the nerves and systems in the body from the brain are all properly aligned and flowing.
The adjustment process, performed by a chiropractor, is often a pressure with the hands or an instrument to help move vertebrae back into place. This usually happens with a quick movement and is often without pain or discomfort. The noise you may hear, which often sounds like you’re cracking your knuckles, is referred to as joint cavitation. The sound is the release of gases from the joint.
When the body is in alignment, it can perform as it was designed to. That is why adjustments are an excellent way to keep the body functioning at its highest level.