Chiropractic adjustment—also called spinal manipulation—involves moving a joint beyond its usual range of motion but not beyond the range of motion the joint is designed to move, anatomically speaking. You often will hear a popping or cracking noise during chiropractic adjustment as the joint is manipulated.
The goal of chiropractic adjustment is to relieve pain and improve your body’s physical function. Chiropractic adjustment and spinal manipulations performed by a chiropractic doctor s a natural method of health care that treats the causes of physical problems rather than just the symptoms. Chiropractic is based on a simple but powerful premise: With normally functioning spine and a healthy lifestyle, your body is better able to heal itself. That’s because the spinal cord, which is protected by your spine, is the main pathway of your nervous system. It controls feeling, movement, and function throughout your body.
Just as you need regular dental exams, you also need regular chiropractic exams. Chiropractic care is one of the best ways to manage or prevent musculoskeletal problems and other joint problems and maintain a healthier life.