Chiropractic is a non-invasive alternative medical profession dedicated to conservative and natural healthcare methods. It recognizes the body’s innate ability to heal and strives to achieve balance in a holistic sense, by addressing physical, psychosocial, emotional, and nutritional aspects of wellbeing. This hands on therapy focuses on correcting the nervous system disruptions and musculoskeletal disorders through manual therapy, known as the adjustment. Many chiropractors will also incorporate the use of physiotherapy modalities (electric stimulation, InterX neurostim, Erchonia cold laser, Rocktape, exercises), muscle testing, nutrition, and other things like trigger point therapy or manual muscle techniques.

What is the chiropractic adjustment? It is the manual manipulation of the spine’s vertebral bones and other joints in the body performed by the Chiropractor. The adjustment is used when there is a subluxation, meaning the joints are either misaligned or have simply lost their normal mobility. Many times local inflammation, stiffness, and muscles attached to these bones cause an irritation to the nerves that sit near and exit through these bones. Therefore, the intention of the adjustment is to free up the range of motion associated with these joints, take some pressure of the irritated nerves, and help restore optimal functioning within the body. The adjustment itself is usually quick and painless, it allows the body’s natural healing to begin immediately. Although more serious and chronic cases, may take more time. Often times people will notice other positive changes after the adjustment, this is because the nervous system is now able to do it’s job without any road blocks. The “popping” sound associated with the adjustment is natural gasses (oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide) being released from the joint spaces. We recommend that you do not try to self adjust your joints. Chiropractors go through rigorous training and study anatomy to understand exactly how these joints are oriented, so that they do not cause any damage to the bones and structures surrounding them.

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Dr. Karen Liu is a holistic chiropractor and acupuncturist practicing at the Wellness for Life Center in Santa Monica, California. She specializes in sports medicine, pain management, stress reduction, and traditional Chinese medicine.