• Chiropractic adjustments are the skilled delivery by a Chiropractor of a specific (gentle) force in a precise direction, to a dysfunctional (subluxated) joint or it’s supporting tissues.

    (A subluxation in simple terms is a joint not functioning correctly with flow on impacts to the rest of your body - for more see here)

    The effect of adjustments are that they can help the brain to normalise its inward and outward information 'loops' which operate through your spinal cord and nerve network. 

    Our brain uses these nerve system loops to control and coordinate your function. They help your brain perceive and understand what is happening in every part of your body at every moment in time. If subluxations are present, these loops are not operating in the most efficient manner.

    Adjustents can improve movement (and function) at this local level and may also contribute to improvements in function at higher levels of the nervous system or perhaps even systemically (by altering the relationship between the two automatic parts of the nervous system). To understand more, see the rationale for Regular Chiropractic here.

    Over time further adjustments and other aspects of chiropractic care re-train your body to maintain this better function to quit 're-creating' subluxations in the future.

    Adjustments can be performed in many ways – we have trained in many chiropractic techniques and select the best option for you on any given visit. The choice of technique is dependent on your individual circumstances and preferences - an elderly person, an elite footballer and a small child will obviously require very different approaches. 

    We may use our hands, specialised adjusting tables or hand-held instruments. Sometimes we use aids like shaped blocks under parts of your body to help an adjustment take effect.

    Adjustments are often accompanied by a ‘popping’ noise (the release of a gas-bubble that forms in the joint-space between the bones) however this ‘sound’ is not the adjustment - many techniques result in adjustments that are not accompanied by such sounds or ‘releases’

    Some adjusting techniques may involve a fast ('high-velocity'), gentle ('low amplitude') ‘thrust.’
    Other adjustments occur through a sustained process using gravity to assist or opposing tension through muscles, ligaments, fascia or other body tissues.

    Adjustments are primarily delivered to improve function with spinal, hip and cranial structures, however adjustments can be indicated in any part of the body.

    The intent of a chiropractic adjustment is very different (in most cases) to another health professional who may perform 'spinal manipulation.' One has a focus on impacting the nervous system, while the other is primarily focused on altering just the local biomechanics.