Adjustments / Manipulation

Dr. Edward Hacmac, DC and the dedicated staff at Hands On Chiropractic are experts in adjusting in Portland, and have the skills to guide you without unnecessary pain.

The term “adjustment” refers to the specific manipulation chiropractors apply to vertebrae that have abnormal movement patterns or fail to function normally. The objective of the chiropractic treatment is to reduce the subluxation, which results in:

  • increased range of motion
  • reduced nerve irritability
  • improved function.

The common situation during a chiropractic adjustment is an increase in your blood circulation as your muscles and ligaments get stretched. This causes a rapid firing of your nerve fibers.

The adjustment made by the chiropractor consists of a high velocity, short lever arm thrust applied to a vertebra, which is often accompanied by an audible release of gas (joint cavitation). The audible sound is caused by the release of oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide, which releases joint pressure (cavitation). 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.

There are times when joint cavitation or cracking does not occur and this is often due to either significant muscle splinting or the patient may not be adequately relaxed during the chiropractic procedure. At times like this, it is sometimes best for the chiropractor to apply ice, have the patient rest, or do electrical stimulation and massage prior to attempting spinal manipulation.

It’s clear that chiropractors are important in treating and diagnosing lower back issues and other spinal problems too. Every year, more research emerges about how subluxations can be treated through spinal adjusting in Portland. We are well-acquainted with all of this information about how adjusting in Portland can work to eradicate your chiropractic ailments.