In basic terms, the chiropractic adjustment, or manipulation, refers to the process in which the doctor of chiropractic skillfully applies controlled force into one or more “subluxated” vertebrae of the spine (Luxation means dislocated, so a subluxated joint is one that isn’t articulating correctly but is not completely dislocated). The adjustment is also frequently used in the pelvic region and extremities to normalize joint function. The adjustment is usually delivered using the hands or with a specialized mechanical tool.
The adjustment is a safe, natural, noninvasive procedure used by the chiropractor to restore and improve health. Learning the art of adjusting is a skill that requires years of study and practice. Chiropractic doctors are the only health care professionals trained specifically to deliver a chiropractic adjustment. Other health care professionals do not receive adequate training to make them an expert on this treatment has been shown to be dangerous and less effective.