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The Amazing Chiropractic Adjustment

The centerpiece of your chiropractic care is the chiropractic adjustment. At first glance, adjustments appear quite similar visit to visit. But there’s more to this routine procedure than meets the eye. There’s a lot going on as we track the many subtle changes your body is making.

Here are some of the nuances associated with your chiropractic adjustments.


Intention makes chiropractic adjustments different from general spinal manipulations. Our intent is not to treat your pain. That’s the practice of medicine. Instead, chiropractic adjustments help restore joint function and reduce nervous system interference. As function improves, your body’s need to express symptoms decreases.


We choose from a variety of adjusting techniques to optimize clinical results and patient comfort. The specifics of your adjustments are unlike those received by others in our practice. We tailor your care to your size, age, other considerations including your unique spinal pattern and the progress we detect on each visit.


Before each thrust, tap or touch to your spine, we form a mental picture of your particular situation. We add this to our understanding of the optimal spinal structure and function, and this gives us the data we need to correctly adjust you… with the right amount of energy, at the correct point of contact and in the most beneficial direction for you at that moment.  This combination of art and science makes every adjustment just a little different. Primarily because you are different in every moment.


Sometimes the primary subluxation is in the upper spine, but your symptom may be a distance away from that. Secondary subluxations are merely compensation reactions and it is important for us to have a system to determine and address the primary causes. That painful low back may simply be a symptom of a symptom. Our training and experience with countless patients makes sure your adjustments produce the greatest benefit.


The timing of your adjustments is not left to chance. Each of us has countless patterns that control our sleep, hunger and the release of hormones and neuropeptides. We consciously time your adjustments based on things like your respiration cycle and muscle tone.


Your care plan is designed to produce the best results in the shortest amount of time. Visits that are too far apart often fail to produce the momentum necessary for healing. We also take into account that your body needs the opportunity to process previous adjustments.  We can’t force that process and all processes require time.  We actively look for that sweet spot based on the feedback from your body.


The natural, healing and restorative results for which chiropractic is famous don’t follow a straight line. There are three possible outcomes. Some show relatively quick improvement. Those who have suffered recent trauma may still be in the cycle of increasing symptoms before feeling improvement. Others report steady improvement as each visit builds on the ones before. Everyone responds differently.

We chiropractors think the adjustment is pretty special. Besides sharing the principles of chiropractic, the adjustment is the most important thing we do.

Do you know someone who should be getting adjusted?

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