Adjustments are the gentle movement of vertebrae in the spine. The objective of this movement is to realign vertebrae that have moved out of place and/or to restore mobility to areas of the spine that are not moving properly. These areas of misalignmentand lack of mobility are called subluxation and happen for a number of reasons ranging from normal daily activity to trauma such as the birth process, sports, and car accidents.
When these vertebrae are out of place, it has an effect on any number of bodily functions such as muscles, organs, balance, immune system, and the central nervous system. Without proper alignment and mobility, the nerves and systems in the body are affected and we can't function at our peak potential.
An adjustment is a gentle pressure from the chiropractor utilizing the hands or an instrument to move a vertebrae. This happens with a quick movement. 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 joint.
Overall, adjustments are an excellent way to keep the body functioning at its highest level. When the body is in alignment, the body is able to respond and perform as it was designed to.