These famous joint adjustments that make the fame of chiropractic and to which all chiropractors are meticulously trained. The adjustment consists in giving a fast and low amplitude movement in a joint. This creates a particular stimulation of the articular receptors and aims to regulate sensory-motor functions via the nervous system. When these functions are regularized, tensions, pains and irritations decrease. They may be accompanied (or not) by a noise called "cavitation" which corresponds to the momentary release of gases dissolved in the joint fluid. They are usually painless. The comments of our patients allow us to notice that many feel a pleasant relaxing effect during the procedure; others have some fear that we respect by adapting our approach. Adjustment side effects are uncommon and are discussed during your
initial visit to check for any concerns and contraindications (rare) that may apply to you. For the curious with the analytical spirit, you can find them in the literature under different denominations: joint manipulations, manipulations with high velocity and low amplitude, chiropractic manipulations, chiropractic adjustments.
Frequently asked questions :
Why do I have to receive several adjustments? My chiropractor can’t just "put back my vertebra" once and for all?
It is rare that a vertebra is actually "displaced": if it was the case, the "replace" would undoubtedly be surgery! As mentioned above, it is rather the movement that we want to restore as well as the optimal functions of the neuro-vertebral system. We could compare the chiropractic adjustment to a session of "articular training": any learning may require more or less repetitions for the nervous system to integrate. Think of someone who wants to learn a piece of music, correct their golf technique, learn a variety of tasks at work, and so on. Sometimes it happens at once, but depending on the starting point of the individual, it can take a few repetitions. This is also one of the reasons why your chiropractor / will often suggest changes in lifestyle or specific exercises: we want to optimize your response to the care to get back on your feet as quickly as possible.
Did you know?
The adjustments are not only for the spine: chiropractors can treat all the joints of the body.
UQTR chiropractic students receive, for the most part, 395 hours of specific training in manual techniques in addition to 1200 hours of clinical internship, where these techniques are also refined, in addition to other courses. Moreover, they are continuing their education programs according their special interests.
Recent clinical practice guidelines place joint manipulation at the forefront for both acute and chronic back pain.