Chiropractic adjustment or spinal adjustment is a form of treatment that uses physical techniques to help improve the way your body works and how your body interacts with the environment. Spinal manipulation and chiropractic adjustment terms commonly used by both chiropractors and osteopaths to describe their ways of spinal manipulation. Spinal manipulation and chiropractic adjustments are usually done through the use of a hand-held instrument called a spinal manipulation device (SMD). They are both similar in appearance but have different techniques that can be used for each type of adjustment.
Chiropractors use spinal adjustment for spinal problems like spondylosis. Spinal manipulation can also be used for problems with the joints and ligaments that support the spinal column. It may also be used to treat spinal injuries, disc disorders, spinal tumors, pinched nerves, spinal stenosis and other conditions. Osteopaths use chiropractic adjustments for problems such as spinal stenosis, spinal arthritis, disc degeneration, spinal trauma, cervical spondylosis and other conditions. A chiropractor can perform a spinal manipulation on you at a clinic, home, or at an office.
Spinal manipulation does not hurt in any way. The person performing the adjustment must have at least a high school diploma or the appropriate training to perform spinal manipulations. The practitioner must use a light touch, pressure should never be exerted on the spinal column in any way. In fact, chiropractic adjustments can sometimes cause numbness of the hands and other parts of the body. The chiropractor must take precautions when administering spinal manipulations as they may leave scar tissue on the spine.
Spinal manipulation can cause a lot of discomfort to the people who are affected by it, but if handled properly can be a relief from back pain. It is not recommended that chiropractics perform spinal adjustments on children under 18 years of age. You must consult a doctor first to make sure the child is able to handle the procedure on his own.
Spinal manipulation is not only used to correct spinal conditions. Sometimes chiropractors use it to help relieve pain after surgery or injury. It can also be used to relieve the symptoms of arthritis and to reduce the inflammation. Chiropractic adjustments can also be used to treat conditions such as stress, insomnia, digestive disorders and anxiety. If you have neck or head pain, a chiropractor can use spinal manipulation to treat your problem.
You can have spinal manipulation done by yourself if you want. You do not have to take the time to learn about it. You may want to get a book that teaches how to perform spinal manipulation and chiropractic adjustments so you do not have to go through the motions.