Chiropractic adjustments and spinal adjustment are often confused, although the former is not really a chiropractor and the latter is not actually a chiropractor either. Chiropractic adjustments are methods used to correct spinal biomechanics and spinal injury, while chiropractic adjustments are methods used to treat spinal biomechanics and spinal injury. Chiropractors refer to their methods of spinal manipulation as spinal adjustments, while osteopaths would probably be more appropriate in terms of terminology. The use of the term spinal adjustment has a broader meaning than simply adjusting the spine to correct joint movement.
Chiropractic adjustments and spinal adjustments can be broadly classified into two basic types, which is subluxations and sub-spinal sub-symmetries. Chiropractors do not usually perform spinal manipulations on patients but instead perform subluxations. Subluxations occur due to improper spinal biomechanics and can also occur due to spinal trauma. Chiropractors use spinal adjustments to diagnose spinal subluxations and thus, can determine if the patient is suffering from one.
Chiropractic adjustments can also be used to treat spinal subsymmetries. A subsymmetry is an irregular arrangement of vertebrae within the spinal column. Common subsymmetries include the cervical subsymmetry, cervical flexure subsymmetry, thoracic subsymmetry, lumbar flexure subsymmetry, transverse lumbar subsymmetry, cervical spondylosis subsymmetry, thoracic spondylosis subsymmetry, and sacroiliac subsymmetry. Subsymmetries that can be corrected by chiropractor adjustments can range from mild to severe. In some cases, subluxations cause pain, and in other cases, subluxations contribute to problems with breathing.
Spinal manipulations, however, cannot correct subsymmetries; instead, chiropractor manipulations can treat or prevent chiropractor subluxations. Chiropractic adjustments involve the manipulation of soft tissues along the spine, specifically the joints and vertebrae. When chiropractic adjustments and spinal manipulations are performed correctly, they can reduce pain and restore normal joint movement and function.
Spinal manipulations are most often performed by chiropractic doctors. The physician must first determine what kind of spinal subluxation needs to be corrected. If the physician determines that spinal subluxation exists, the chiropractor will then perform spinal adjustments to correct the subluxation by making spinal adjustments.
Chiropractic adjustments are usually performed by the chiropractor either by making spinal manipulations, or performing spinal manipulations with their hands. While chiropractor adjustments are more effective than manual manipulations, they are not as effective when performed by the doctor.
When a chiropractic adjustment is done incorrectly, it can result in a misalignment of the spine. This misalignment can cause pain, disability, and even permanent injury. In such cases, spinal manipulation will have no effect and may actually worsen the patient’s pain. For this reason, proper diagnosis of the problem is extremely important before a chiropractic adjustment is performed. Also, patients need to consult with their doctor before they decide on a chiropractic adjustment.
Once a spinal subluxation is identified, the chiropractor can perform spinal manipulations to treat or prevent the subluxation. The treatments can include adjusting the spinal alignment to correct the subluxation, performing spinal adjustments to correct the subluxation and correcting spinal subluxation, performing spinal manipulations, or, and/or prescribing medications. Sometimes, spinal manipulation is performed to strengthen and/strengthen the spine.