Chiropractor performing an adjustment on a patient, illustrating the process and benefits of chiropractic care.

How Chiropractic Adjustments Work

and their powerful effects in everyday life

By: Dr. Jesse Lang,
Last updated Jul 8, 2024

A staggering one million chiropractic adjustments are administered daily, helping americans of all ages achieve pain relief, enhanced functionality, increased mobility, and a better overall state of being. The National Library of Medicine consistently publishes clinical trials showcasing the fast-acting and long-lasting benefits of chiropractic care — which is why these days, one out of four Americans seek the expertise of a Doctor of Chiropractic for help with issues like back pain, neck pain, headaches & migraines, numbness & tingling, sciatica, injuries from accidents, and more – a frequency twice as high as 15 years ago.

Unsurprisingly, a Gallup Survey revealed that 94% of those who underwent chiropractic care reported a reduction in pain. Even so, many people only find themselves comfortable to schedule their initial appointment once they have a deep understanding of how chiropractic works. So, let’s delve into the mechanics of chiropractic adjustments and explore the fascinating world of spinal health.

chiropractic Relieves Pain

Curious about how chiropractic adjustments work to alleviate pain? Chiropractic, derived from the Greek words meaning “done by hand,” involves a hands-on approach by Doctors of Chiropractic. Through a high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust, they target misaligned spinal joints or vertebrae, effectively relieving pressure on nerves and restoring motion, function, flexibility, and balance.

In essence, chiropractors unlock locked joints.  When injuries, whether sudden or repetitive, cause your sophisticated neuro-musculoskeletal system’s postural and structural muscles to lock down a joint, it affects nearby joints, restricting your full and free motion. This brings the effects of discomfort and pain alongside the suppression of the functioning capabilities of your nervous system. To better understand this, try walking without bending one of your knees, and you’ll quickly see how a single locked joint can impact your entire body’s movement. To address this, expert Chiropractor’s identify misaligned regions and deliver quick, gentle, and highly targeted adjustments. This helps the joint move through its full range and can break down scar tissue in joint capsules and surrounding soft tissue, promoting fluid motion.

Chiropractors realign vertebra, reducing:

  • Localized Inflammation
  • Stiffness & Rigidity
  • Joint Restriction
  • Chronic Stress
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Pain & Discomfort
  • Immune System Dysfunction
  • Pressure on the Spinal Cord, Nerves, & Discs



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Sometimes, chiropractic adjustments produce a popping sound known as joint cavitation—a pressure change in the joint capsule releasing nitrogen gas. This release brings immediate pain relief, improving spinal movement and overall mobility, though consistent maintenance visits are crucial for sustaining optimal function. A properly aligned spine ensures optimal functioning of joints, vertebrae, muscles, and organs. While a single gentle alignment can offer immediate pain relief, achieving long-term musculoskeletal health may necessitate multiple adjustments. The frequency and duration depend on the type and severity of misalignment, your age, and lifestyle. Similar to car alignments and oil changes, your body requires regular attention.

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Unlocking the Power of Chiropractic Care: 3 Key Benefits

harmonious perks

Your body’s foundation lies in a complex interplay of bones, ligaments, tendons, and muscles all orchestrated by signals from your brain. However, every fall or injury can lead to misalignments in your spine, adversely impacting posture and putting pressure on nerves, resulting in pain, tension, and disruptions in critical biochemical signals.

mechanical advantages associated with chiropractic care

Take a look in the mirror—subtle indicators like a tilted head, uneven shoulders, or slightly unequal leg length may reveal common misalignments. Targeted chiropractic adjustments can restore alignment in your spine, shoulders, hips, knees, and other joints. This proactive approach helps slow down or prevent premature degeneration and arthritis caused by years of poor posture.

neurological gains granted by chiropractic care

As your spine undergoes misalignments from various sources, it brings the spinal cord along for the ride. Postural misalignments in the spinal cord can affect different areas of your body. For instance, the upper neck misalignment in newborns can impact nerves traveling to the eyes, ears, nose, and throat. Similar to a kinked hose altering water flow, a dysfunctional nerve can disrupt the flow of messages between your brain and body. It takes time to restore normal function if the dysfunction has persisted.

biochemical boosts because of chiropractic care

Many chiropractic patients report a mood or energy lift after an adjustment, along with improved sleep. These sensations are linked to biochemical responses triggered by realigning vertebrae and relieving pressure on spinal cord nerves. This, in turn, releases the hold on endocrine (hormone) system functions, leading to increased natural endorphins or relaxants.The result: enhanced relaxation, tranquility, and overall wellness.

Common Conditions Treated With Chiropractic Adjustments

  • Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Headaches & Migraines
  • Numbness & Tingling
  • Sciatica
  • Injuries from Accidents
  • Arthritis of Osteoarthritis
  • Stiff or Sore Muscles & Joints
  • Sprains & Strains
  • Scoliosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Kyphosis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Slipped or Herniated Disc

When enjoyed regularly, the benefits of chiropractic care also include reduced stress on your nervous system to improve your immunity and sleep hygiene. After receiving an adjustment, it’s essential to amplify the positive effects with supportive in-clinic therapies and recommended at-home exercises. These prescribed exercises, when incorporated into your daily routine, not only enhance flexibility, mobility, and posture but effortlessly become ingrained wellness habits.

The trust you place in your Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) can be a pivotal aspect in your wellness journey. Dr. Jesse is a top-rated chiropractor in Shorewood, IL because of his proven commitment to guide people towards a healthier, more aligned lifestyle. In addition to realigning your spine and boosting your nervous system, he will help you adopt new ways of sitting, standing, and moving, fostering a sustainable pain-free lifestyle. As a result, forward-thinking individuals opt-not to wait until their spinal misalignments lead to pain; instead, they opt for preventative care. This proactive approach not only safeguards neuro-musculoskeletal wellness but it also affords the opportunity to identify potential dysfunctions before they escalate into pain and disrupt your lifestyle. Afterall, as Benjamin Franklin said, “An ounce of prevention may be worth a pound of cure.”

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