A chiropractic adjustment, also known as chiropractic manipulation, manual manipulation, or spinal manipulation, is the primary chiropractic treatment method for back pain and many other issues.
Spinal manipulation relieves pressure on joints, reduces inflammation, and improves nerve function. It has been a trusted form of treatment since the ancient Greek Hippocrates documented manipulative techniques in his writings back in 1500 B.C. Today, spinal manipulation is used to treat conditions such as allergies, menstrual cramps, and headaches.
How Does Spinal Manipulation Work?
Science explains the intimate relationship that exists between the spine and central nervous system. Any alteration in the way the spinal vertebrae are aligned or moving will create a stress response in the central nervous system. When this occurs, stress hormones are increased throughout the blood and body. Stress hormones are necessary for survival in a "fight-or-flight" situation but do not provide a good internal environment for growth and development when they are elevated long term.
Chiropractic adjustments gently improve the alignment and movement in the spine and allow a reduction in stress hormones. This improves many aspects of health and function and is the reason why every child and adult deserves to understand and experience the benefits of chiropractic.
Dr. Townsend uses varied techniques to get the best adjustment possible for his patient. He is very gentle and explains everything that he is going to do before he does it. That first visit to a chiropractor can be intimidating to some, so Dr. Townsend is very good at reassuring new patients of the techniques he will use. These techniques are intended to restore or enhance joint function with the objectives of reducing pain and resolving joint inflammation.
When vertebrae shift out of place, there is an overall systemic response from the muscular system to the central nervous system. Without proper alignment and flow, our nerves, our immune system, and our minds cannot function at their highest peak.
Overall, spinal adjustments and manipulations are an excellent way to keep the body functioning at its highest level without any discomfort. When the body is adequately aligned, it becomes able to respond and perform as it was built to do. With perfect alignment, anything is possible!