Chiropractic medicine is as much an art as it is a science and each chiropractor develops a unique set of skills to heal their patients. Prior to a chiropractic adjustment, your chiropractor will provide a full evaluation of your condition. This will include a detailed exam to determine the source of pain and best method to treat it. During each procedure, the chiropractor will use manipulation to adjust the spine and related tissues. Dependent on your injury and pain level there are two ways a chiropractor can perform an adjustment:
Spinal Manipulation (High-Velocity Low-Amplitude Thrust)
This is one of the most frequently used chiropractic techniques. Here your chiropractor will use their hands or a small instrument to apply sudden, controlled force to the spine. This often results in a cracking sound as the vertebrae in the spine move back into position.
Spinal Mobilization (Low-Force or Gentle Chiropractic Techniques)
Some patients may require gentler chiropractic techniques due to their condition, pain or preference. Here your chiropractor will apply slow movement to mobilize the vertebrae in the spine. Since there is no twisting of the body or forceful thrusting this technique is much more gentle.