Chiropractic adjustments are a type of manual therapy that involves pressure and stretching for the purpose of realigning joint subluxations.
A chiropractor will diagnose for areas of subluxation by looking for subtle gradiations, position changes of joints, uneven joints in relation to the corresponding joints, and soft tissue problems. In more extreme cases, an x-ray may be needed to determine the severity of the subluxation in order to properly treat the issue.
Deprending on the location and severity of the subluxation, a Chiropractor may use various technique that will best suit your needs for proper alignment and pain relief.
The ultimate goal is to bring the bones of the joint back into normal aligniment and a natural fit. This can sometimes be achieved in just one treatment, however more server cases may need multiple treatments to achive the goal of proper alignment.