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Chiropractic Adjustment: Understanding the Health Benefits


Posted by Dr. Scott Wilson | 15-Sep-2023

Chiropractic Adjustment offers a non-invasive and drug-free approach to managing pain, improving mobility, and enhancing nervous system function. In this blog, we’ll delve into everything you need to know about Chiropractic Adjustment. From understanding what it is and how it works to exploring its health benefits and the various conditions it can be used to address. Join us as we explore the principles, science, techniques, and tools of chiropractic care and discover how it can help you achieve optimal health and wellbeing.

What is a Chiropractic Adjustment?

A chiropractic adjustment is a hands-on technique and a key component of chiropractic care. It involves the application of controlled force to address slight misalignments of your vertebrae or “subluxations” in order to enhance the relationship between your spine and your nervous system.

Chiropractic care is grounded in the principle that the body possesses the natural ability to heal itself. By focusing on the relationship between the spine and the nervous system, chiropractors strive to promote optimal health through proper spinal alignment. Chiropractic adjustments are intended to remove interference in the nervous system and allow your body to function at its best. This comprehensive approach acknowledges the interconnectedness of the spine, joints, muscles, and other tissues and addresses soft tissue injuries, joint misalignments, and various musculoskeletal conditions.

How Do Chiropractic Adjustments Work?

Chiropractic adjustments work by applying controlled and precise force to specific points along your spine. This force aims to correct misalignments, or subluxations, in your spine, which may impede the proper function of your nervous system. When your spine is correctly aligned, it allows for improved communication between your brain and your body. This enhanced communication can have far-reaching effects on your overall health and wellbeing.

Chiropractic Adjustment Tools & Techniques

Chiropractors use diagnostic tools like x-rays or palpation to examine your spine and identify areas that require a chiropractic adjustment. During the adjustment, your chiropractor may use their hands or specialized instruments like activators to perform the manipulation, particularly for more delicate adjustments. The experience itself is typically painless and may be accompanied by a satisfying “popping” sound, which comes from the release of gas bubbles in your joints. This process helps to reduce pressure on your nerves, alleviate pain, and improve the function of your musculoskeletal system.

Health Benefits of Chiropractic Adjustment

Chiropractic adjustments can help with natural pain relief, improve mobility and enhances the function of your nervous system without relying on drugs or invasive procedures. From low back pain to conditions like scoliosis and osteoarthritis, chiropractic adjustments can provide relief for a variety of musculoskeletal issues.

  • Pain Management: Chiropractic adjustments aid in pain management by realigning the spine and musculoskeletal system. By correcting misalignments, pressure on nerves is reduced, leading to relief from various types of pain, including back pain, neck pain, joint pain, headaches, and more. This natural approach can alleviate discomfort without the need for medication or surgery.
  • Improved Mobility: Chiropractic adjustments enhance mobility by correcting misalignments in your spine and joints. These adjustments improve joint function, increase range of motion, and reduce stiffness helping to restore proper alignment, movement and flexibility. By addressing soft tissue, ligaments, tendons, and joint capsules, chiropractic adjustments provide a holistic approach to improving overall health and mobility.
  • Enhanced Nervous System Functioning: Chiropractic adjustments enhance your nervous system by aligning your spine correctly. This reduces interference, inflammation, and pressure on nerves, allowing for improved communication between your brain and the rest of your body. With this improved nervous system function, overall health and well-being can flourish.
  • Non-Invasive and Drug-Free Care: Chiropractic adjustments offer a non-invasive and natural approach to healthcare, focusing on the body’s ability to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery. By utilizing soft tissue techniques and gentle thrusts, chiropractors perform spinal adjustments to restore proper alignment, improve joint function, and alleviate conditions such as low back pain, muscle spasms, and osteoarthritis. Chiropractic adjustments can be a first step in addressing health issues before considering more invasive treatments.

Conditions Treated by Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care provides effective solutions for a range of conditions. If you’re dealing with back or neck pain, chiropractic adjustments offer relief and increased mobility. Sciatica symptoms can be addressed at their source through spinal manipulation. Headaches, migraines, arthritis and sports injuries can be addressed through chiropractic treatment, providing relief, recovery and/or long-term management.

  • Back Pain and Neck Pain: For back pain, chiropractic adjustments work by relieving muscle tension and stiffness. They also enhance neck and spine mobility, effectively treating neck pain. These adjustments address pain’s root cause naturally, without drugs or surgery. Conditions like osteoarthritis and scoliosis can be managed through spinal manipulation, taking into account your medical history.
  • Sciatica: Chiropractic adjustments provide relief from sciatica by addressing its root causes. These adjustments reduce inflammation and irritation in the sciatic nerve, alleviating the severe pain and discomfort associated with this condition. Through chiropractic care, you can regain mobility and resume your daily activities without the hindrance of sciatic pain.
  • Headaches and Migraines: Chiropractic adjustments offer relief from headaches and migraines by correcting spinal misalignments that can contribute to tension and nerve irritation. This natural approach addresses the underlying causes, providing effective, drug-free management for headaches and migraines, often leading to long-lasting relief.
  • Arthritis: Chiropractic adjustments can alleviate arthritis symptoms by improving joint function and reducing pain and inflammation. By addressing the underlying causes of arthritis, they can also slow down the progression of arthritis and enhance your quality of life. Soft tissue techniques, spinal manipulation, and other chiropractic techniques can also be used to help alleviate symptoms and promote overall health.
  • Sports Injuries: Chiropractic care is highly beneficial for treating sports-related injuries. Athletes often experience muscle strains and sprains, and issues related to biomechanics. Chiropractic adjustments can help with recovery and with improving alignment and mobility to prevent future injuries. This means you can effectively recover from your sports injury with enhanced strength and mobility.
  • Pregnancy-Related Discomfort: During pregnancy, women often experience back pain and muscle tension. Chiropractic care can provide relief from these pregnancy-related discomforts by using gentle techniques to maintain proper spinal alignment. This ensures the safety of both the mother and the baby. Adjustments can also alleviate discomfort caused by pregnancy hormones, leading to improved energy levels and reduced muscle tension.

Safety and Risks of Chiropractic Adjustment

  • Safety of Chiropractic Adjustment: Chiropractic adjustments are considered a safe form of treatment and have been in use for many years. They don’t involve medication or invasive procedures which eliminates the potential risks associated with other medical interventions. Qualified chiropractors follow specific protocols and guidelines to ensure patient safety during adjustments. Before proceeding with an adjustment, your chiropractor will conduct a thorough examination to identify any potential risks or contraindications. Open communication regarding concerns or pre-existing conditions, plays a crucial role in ensuring a safe adjustment.
  • Potential Risks and Side Effects: While chiropractic adjustments are generally considered safe, some patients may experience mild soreness or stiffness afterward, which typically resolves within a few days. Adverse outcomes like disc herniation or nerve compression are extremely rare. To minimize potential complications, be sure to find a qualified and experienced chiropractor, who will discuss potential risks and side effects with you up front. If you experience any unusual or severe side effects, report them to your chiropractor right away.

Frequently Asked Questions About Chiropractic Adjustment:

Q1: What’s the difference between a chiropractic adjustment and other manual therapies like massage?

Chiropractic adjustments are distinct from other manual therapies as they target spinal misalignments, aiming to restore proper nerve function. Massage and similar therapies mainly focus on muscle tension and relaxation. Chiropractic care centers on spinal health and alignment, offering a specialized approach to improving overall well-being.

Q2: Can chiropractic care be a preventative measure for health and wellness?

Chiropractic care can indeed be used as a preventive measure for overall health and wellness. Regular adjustments can improve your joint mobility, reduce your risk of injury, improve your posture, and alleviate chronic pain. Speak with your chiropractor to determine the best treatment plan for your care.

Q3: How often should I get a chiropractic adjustment?

The frequency of chiropractic adjustment varies depending on your particular needs. While some may benefit from weekly adjustments, others may only require them every few weeks or months. It’s best to consult with your chiropractor to determine the ideal frequency for you.


Chiropractic adjustments offer numerous health benefits and can be an effective solution for various conditions. They work by restoring spinal alignment, improving mobility, and enhancing the functioning of your nervous system. As a non-invasive and drug-free therapy, it’s considered a safe option for pain management, improving mobility, enhanced nervous system functioning and improved overall wellness.

If you’re struggling with back pain, neck pain, sciatica, headaches, sports injuries, arthritis or pregnancy-related discomfort, or just want to improve your overall health and wellness, we can help. Contact us today and let us show you why, at Physiomed…Healthier Starts Here.


Dr. Scott Wilson

Dr. Scott Wilson is the Founder & Chairman of Physiomed; one of Canada’s largest franchised networks of inter-disciplinary healthcare clinics. A graduate of Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Dr. Wilson founded Physiomed in 1994 and has since grown Physiomed to over 30 clinics in Southern Ontario and British Columbia. With hundreds of practitioners from over a dozen disciplines, Dr. Wilson and Physiomed have helped over 100,000 Canadians with physiotherapy, chiropractic, massage therapy, orthotic therapy, compression therapy and clinical conditioning as part of a program of rehabilitation and health optimization. In addition to helping patients improve their physical and mental well-being, Dr. Wilson has also mentored hundreds of practitioners to provide better care while enjoying more fulfilling careers. He is also a keynote speaker on many health related topics including how physiotherapy, chiropractic and health & wellness treatment can help with stress, weight loss, and unlocking the true potential within to achieve lasting physical well-being.

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