A Chiropractic adjustment is a very safe, specific, controlled force applied to a joint in order to restore proper function and mobility. Accidents, falls, overexertion, improper movement or improper training and posture are just a few examples of what can negatively impact your spine and other joints. These stresses can injure tissues, affecting the nervous system and other areas of the body. Left unresolved, this can make you more susceptible to chronic problems. Chiropractic adjustments reduce pain, increase movement and improve performance. Each bone in our spine ideally moves forward, backward, bends to the right and left , and rotates to the right and left. When treating movement problems in the spine, the specific bone and restricted direction is crucial to restore function.
Abundant research exists to support the use of an adjustment (manipulation) in combination with exercise for best outcomes when recovering from a muscle-skeletal injury or pain. The “pop” associated with an adjustment is due to fluid in the joint under pressure converting to a gas and being expelled as a gaseous bubble. The presence or absence of the “pop” means nothing in regards to the effectiveness of the adjustment treatment. When a restricted joint is adjusted, the motion nerves send a signal to the brain and that signal blocks pain. Contrary to common belief, bones do not misalign and adjustments do not align bones or joints. A joint, when under a stress listed above, becomes restricted in motion, this can be felt by Dr. Craig and restored comfortably with an adjustment.
At Craig Spine and Sport, Dr. Craig teaches his patients that just because something hurts, doesn’t mean it needs to be “popped.” Some joints cause pain because they are moving too much and need stability exercises instead. Providing a manipulation to these areas will likely create further problems. Dr. Craig specializes in identifying each scenario and providing the appropriate treatment in each case.