League City Spine & Sports Medicine

What is Chiropractic?

Spinal manipulation, also known as “an adjustment” is a technique where practitioners use their hands or a device to apply a controlled thrust (that is, force of a specific magnitude or degree in a specific direction) to a specific joint. The amount of force may vary, but this thrust moves the joint more than it would on its own. The result is improved motion of the affected joints and improvement in your body’s physical function. Most people are familiar with the “popping’ sound that is associated with a manipulation, which is an audible release of gas causing joint cavitation. Spinal manipulation is different from spinal mobilization, which does not involve a thrust, and is performed within a joint’s natural range of motion and can be controlled by the patient.