An adjustment, or manipulation, is a minor movement of vertebrae in the spine. The objective of this movement is to realign vertebrae that have moved out of place.
Why do you need an adjustment? Whether it's from normal daily activities or a car accident, you'll know when your out of alignment. When these vertebrae are out of place, it has an overall systemic effect from muscular to the central nervous system. Without proper alignment and flow of all nerves and systems in the body from the brain, we can't function at our peak. And simply put, it hurts.
How does a chiropractor perform an adjustment? Typically, your chiropractor will utilize his hands or a small instrument (an activator) to move the vertebrae back into place. This happens with a quick movement and is often painless. You may hear a noise that sounds like you're cracking your knuckles referred to as joint cavitation. It is the release of gases such as oxygen and nitrogen from the joints.
Why do I need an adjustment? Adjustments are an excellent way to keep the body functioning at its highest level. When the body is aligned properly, the body is able to respond and perform as it was designed to.