The term "adjustment" refers to the specific manipulation chiropractors apply to vertebrae, and other joints of the body, that have abnormal movement patterns or fail to function normally.
The objective of the chiropractic treatment is to reduce this "joint subluxation", which results in an increased range of motion, reduced nerve irritability and improved function.
The adjustment made by the chiropractor consists of a gentle thrust applied to a vertebra or joint. The audible popping sound is caused by the movement of joint fluid and gas, in response to decreased joint pressure. There is no breaking or tearing of bones tendons or ligaments.
The sensation is usually relieving, though minor discomfort has been reported (that usually lasts for only a short time duration) if the surrounding muscles are in spasm or the patient tenses up during the chiropractic procedure. Many patients feel immediate relief, while others experience gradual improvement.
Dr. Belove may employ a variety of other therapy modalities to enhance the healing process. These may include muscle release techniques, massage, ultrasound, electrical muscle stimulation, heat or ice.
In order to improve and sustain the bodies alignment following the adjustment, Dr. Belove may prescribe exercises and stretches.