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Chiropractic Adjustment

chiropractic adjustment charleston scA chiropractic manipulation, or as it’s better known, a chiropractic adjustment is a treatment that is commonly performed for therapeutic purposes to relieve lower back pain. Chiropractors in Charleston, South Carolina often refer to this form of therapy as manual manipulation or spinal manipulation.

Chiropractors generally choose a chiropractic adjustment as a way to manipulate your vertebrae that may have abnormal movement patterns and that typically fail to function. With an adjustment treatment, the end goal is to reduce nerve irritability and help improve functionality.


What does a chiropractic adjustment usually involve?

  • A high speed, short lever arm thrust applied to your vertebra.
  • An audible relief of gas (joint cavitation) that is caused by the release of nitrogen, oxygen, and carbon dioxide that discharges the pressure in your joint (cavitation).
  • A feeling of relief, though minor discomfort has been documented (that typically lasts for a short time) if you tense up, or your surrounding muscles begin to spasm during the chiropractic treatment.


Keep in mind that at times, cracking or joint cavitation doesn’t occur, which is typically a direct result of substantial muscle splinting or if you are not adequately calm during the chiropractic manipulation. In moments like this, it is quite common for your chiropractor to apply ice, then have you rest, or do an electrical stimulation and massage before attempting an adjustment.

Chiropractic Adjustment Techniques

There are numerous manipulative techniques that can be used for the adjustment, and there is a certain experience level and “art” that is involved with high velocity, low amplitude manipulation or adjustment. It may be more imperative for your chiropractor to determine when the adjustment should not be applied.


Chiropractic Adjustment Side Effects

The most popular response to this specific adjustment is soreness or aching in the spinal muscles or joints. If this discomfort or aching happens to you during therapy, it usually happens within the first few hours after treatment and doesn’t last longer than 24 hours after the chiropractic adjustment. Applying an ice pack often times reduces the symptoms fairly quickly.

If you live in Charleston, South Carolina and have been suffering from lower back pain, you may benefit from chiropractic adjustment treatment. Please contact our office today to consult with our team of experts.