Spinal adjustments to correct subluxations are what make doctors
of chiropractic unique in comparison with any other type of health
care professional. The term “adjustment” refers to the specific force
chiropractors apply to vertebrae that have abnormal movement
patterns or fail to function normally.
The objective of the chiropractic adjustment is to correct the
subluxation which results in an increased range of motion, reduced
nerve irritation, reduced muscle spasm, reduced pain and improved
function. The chiropractic adjustment is often a quick thrust applied
to a vertebra for the purpose of correcting its position, movement
or both. Adjustments are often accompanied by an audible release
of gas in the spinal joints that sounds like a “crack.” The sound
sometimes surprises people the first time they get adjusted, but the
sensation is usually relieving. Occasionally, minor discomfort is
experienced, especially if the surrounding muscles are in spasm or the person tenses up during the
chiropractic procedure. There are times when the audible “cracking” does not occur. This is often due to
either significant muscle tightness or the person having a hard time relaxing during their adjustments.
Some adjusting techniques are designed to move the spine in a way that does not produce the audible
sound at all. Chiropractic is so much more than simply a means of relieving pain.
Ultimately, the goal of receiving adjustments should be to restore the body to its natural state of optimal
health. In order to accomplish this, we often recommend a variety of natural and holistic healing methods to
accompany the adjustment. This may include massage or Active release therapy (ART) for soft tissue
complications, exercise rehabilitation, and counseling on nutrition and exercise.
Acute injuries with associated inflammation are often treated with accompanying physiotherapy including
the use of electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound, traction, neuromuscular re-education, and a variety of
manual therapies to help patients recover quickly.
We are dynamic, self-regulating and self-healing organisms. Chiropractors are doctors who understand that
within each of us is this innate wisdom or healthy energy that will express itself as perfect health and
well-being if we allow it to. Therefore, the focus of chiropractic care is to remove any physiological blocks to
the proper expression of the body’s innate wisdom. Once these interferences are reduced, improved health
is the natural consequence. Who wouldn’t want that?
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Dr. Kristin J. Noble and Dr. Robert S.
Picchiotti obtained their Doctor of
Chiropractic degrees from Palmer
College of Chiropractic in Davenport,
Both are Chiropractic Physicians
with years of experience, and are
dedicated to providing optimal care to
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