Spinal Adjustment Therapy

Spinal adjustment therapy, also known as spinal manipulative therapy or spinal manipulation, combines jolting and moving joints, physical therapy, exercise, and massage. It is specifically developed for alleviating pressure on your joints, improving nerve function, and reducing inflammation.

Here at Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic in Edmonton, CA, our chiropractors, Drs. Christopher Oviatt and Michelle Martinook, use spinal adjustment therapy for treating back, shoulder, neck, and head pain. They also administer spinal adjustments for safer and faster rehabilitation after an injury.

How Does Spinal Adjustment Therapy Work?

The whole purpose of spinal adjustment therapy is to correct or positively affect the alignment, function, and/or alignment of certain vertebral joints. Particularly, the therapy is developed for correcting vertebral subluxations. Essentially, subluxations occur when the spine’s alignment, structural, and movement integrity, as well as physiological functions are negatively affected because of pathological, structural, or functional changes.

Many studies have shown that most individuals go to their chiropractors for various musculoskeletal issues. 60% of these individuals have low back pain, while the rest have problems with the neck, head, and extremities. The effects of therapy will differ based on the specific adjustments performed. In general, however, spinal adjustment therapy can provide relief from musculoskeletal pain, increased muscle strength, increase tolerance to pain, facet joint kinematic changes, and better ROM or range of motion.

What Do Spinal Adjustments Entail?

Chiropractors utilize more than 100 kinds of spinal adjustments. Some utilize gentle techniques, particularly during spinal mobilization, while others utilize more force and twisting techniques during spinal manipulation. With spinal manipulation, chiropractors use their hands for applying controlled and sudden force to manipulate a particular joint.

During the session, it’s completely normal to hear popping noises, similar to when you’re cracking your knuckles. During spinal mobilization, chiropractors utilize less force and will focus more on stretching specific joints. In some cases, they’ll also utilize a tiny metal tool called an activator for applying force to a vertebra.

Additionally, your chiropractor in Edmonton, CA, may also use heat and ice therapy, ultrasound for heating deep tissue, traction devices for stretching your spine, and electric stimulation. In most cases, sessions will be conducted on an adjustable padded table. Your chiropractor can drop and adjust certain parts of this table to add varying forces to each movement.

Want to Learn How Spinal Adjustment Therapy Can Help You?

Contact Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic in Edmonton, CA, to schedule an appointment with one of our chiropractors, Dr. Christopher Oviatt or Dr. Michelle Martinook. Dial (780) 457-3621 for more information.


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  • "Dr.Oviatt is one of the best!!!!!!!!!! i've been with him for 10 yrs and he's always made me feel better... And ANGIE IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!"

    - Patient, Apr. 15, 2014