What is an adjustment?

The wear and tear of everyday life is hard on your spine. It can malfunction and cause many health problems. This is because the nervous system runs through your spine and controls every function of your body. Chiropractic adjustments are highly skilled, gentle adjustments of your spine. Adjustments help your nervous system to function properly again, which allows your whole body to regain and maintain its good health.

In technical jargon, an adjustment is the act of "moving the joints of the spine beyond the individual's usual physiological range of motion using a fast, low amplitude thrust" (THE CHIROPRACTIC ACT, 1991). This generates a release within the joint, which may cause a sound as the movement takes place.

Making specific, corrective adjustments to the spine is not as new as you might think. Accounts of spinal manipulation appear in the writings of ancient Egypt, the Mayan and Inca cultures and in the literature of Renaissance Europe where practitioners of adjustment were known as "bonesetters".
Whatever the culture, these practitioners were considered gifted healers who treated a variety of illnesses, aches and pains by repositioning bones, especially those of the spine. But the art and science of spinal adjusting was not truly understood or developed until the modern day school of Chiropractic was founded in 1895 by Dr. D.D. Palmer, a Canadian, born in Port Perry, Ontario.

In order to use the different adjustive techniques that might be necessary, your Doctor of Chiropractic must have developed skill and manual dexterity, not to mention a considerable and extensive education as well as involvement in full time practice. Chiropractors have other manual treatment options including: mobilizations, massage, muscles balancing, reflex techniques, passive motion therapies, manual and motorized traction and others.

Whatever technique your chiropractic doctor uses, the objective is always the same:

To normalize the motion of the spine thereby improving spinal dynamics and restoring normal nerve function.

Because your chiropractor works both directly and indirectly with the body's nervous system, chiropractic care is recognized for its ability to aid in improving your general health.

Restoring normal nerve function to all spinal levels allows the entire body to function better. Chiropractors recognize that they do not heal patients at all but merely remove interference thereby allowing the body to heal itself. A fundamental principle in Chiropractic philosophy is: Vis Medicatrix Naturae

The body has the innate ability to heal itself provided it is free of interference and has a properly functioning nervous system.