The primary purpose of Chiropractors is to accurately diagnose the source of the problem. In order to correct the fixation and/or restriction, your chiropractor will perform an adjustment to that specific area to help restore the bodies range of motion. Chiropractors believe that in order to restore the body to function optimally, one has to correct the vertebral subluxation (bone out of alignment). This will trigger a chain of events to restore functionality to the nervous system which will result in the reversal of muscle spasms and the subsequent reduction of the pain experienced by the patient.
Chiropractic care helps maintain, prevent further injuries, and may stop or reverse many conditions for people of all ages, including babies and the elderly. If you suffer from back, neck, extremity (arms, legs) and other musculoskeletal pain, chiropractic care can effectively provide relief, without the need for medication.
"Adjustments" are usually the central part of chiropractic treatment. The chiropractic adjustment is a therapeutic manipulation that uses controlled force, leverage, direction, amplitude, and velocity directed at specific joints.
Your chiropractor will most often make these adjustments to the spine, but he or she might adjust other joints, such as the ankle, knee, wrist, elbow, or shoulder in order to restore structural alignment or to improve joint function.
When being treated for a complaint such as back or neck pain, you will most likely receive a series of adjustments, separated by either a day or a few days, to incrementally reduce the pain and restore optimal function of the affected area.