The term “adjustment” refers to the specific force chiropractors apply to vertebrae that have abnormal movement patterns or fail to function normally. The objective of the chiropractic treatment is to reduce any misalignment, which results in an increased range of motion, reduced nerve irritability and improved function.
Dr. Joel performs a variety of adjustments depending on the need of the patient. He performs both manual adjustments (done by hand),and also utilizes an instrument known as the Pro-Arthrostim. The Pro-Arthrostim delivers multiple impulses yielding painless, effective adjustments to patients of any size. It is also great for small children, the elderly, or anyone who cannot tolerate or does not prefer a manual adjustment.
Dr. Joel’s adjustments are based on his examination and/or specific x-ray analysis of your spine. They consist of a specific gentle thrust applied to a vertebra, which is often accompanied by an audible release of pressure (joint cavitation).
The audible sound (the so-called “cracking” many people speak of) is caused by the release of oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide which releases joint pressure (cavitation). It is much the same as when a can of soda is opened. There is a pressure released resulting in a sound.There are times when joint cavitation does not occur and the “sound” is not a requirement for an adjustment to occur.