The key element in chiropractic care is the chiropractic adjustment. The goal of the chiropractic adjustment is to correct the spinal subluxations detected during the examination. To do that, the doctor applies pressure to the bone and “unlocks” it from its improper position. The bone will then be free to align itself correctly.
Many people think that the chiropractor forces a vertebra back into its “proper” place. But only the individual’s own Innate Intelligence knows for sure what the proper place for each bone is. The role of the chiropractor is to free up the vertebrae. Then, the body can do its job and put them back in the correct position.
Unfortunately, the muscles connected to subluxated vertebrae get used to their positions and have a tendency to pull the bone back out of place. It may take several adjustments before the adjustment “holds,” and the bone settles into its proper alignment. That is why it is so vitally important to follow your recommended treatment plan.
Chiropractors may use many adjusting techniques. Each subluxation is different and may require a separate approach. Chiropractors select the technique which will most effectively correct subluxations with a minimum of force. Because most adjusting techniques emphasize using minimal force and gentle pressure, few patients feel any discomfort during the adjustment. Many, however, will hear popping sounds. But there’s no need for concern. The noises you hear are just tiny pockets of gas releasing with a pop, which is completely normal.
Dr. Motamed may recommend certain “therapies” along with your chiropractic adjusment, to be completed usually right before or right after your adjustment.