A Chiropractic adjustment is the use of a specific force in a precise direction that helps normalize joint movement and function. The adjustment is applied to a joint that is displaying abnormal movement patterns (these are called 'fixations' or more specifically to chiropractic 'subluxations'). The goal of using adjustment procedures is to facilitate the return of normal joint function and position. This is often achieved with regular visits when adjustments are preformed repeatedly. The goal of treatment is to increase the joint movement (similar to regular stretching) pattern to the most normal function and position as possible.
With proper joint analysis of motion and position we're able to determine abnormal movement of spinal and peripheral joints. Once these areas are found 'adjustments' to the particular joint level is applied to help restore the normal movement pattern of the joint. With the adjustment there can be a 'popping' sound, this is only joint gas and fluids moving in response to the pressure changes from the adjustment. These sounds are not reflective of a successful adjustments and are often times not even heard. With repeated adjustments the goal is to restore normal joint movement and position.
Thompson Terminal Point
The adjusting procedures using this technique require the use of a special table. Certain sections in the table move to allow for adjustments which require no rotation. All depending on the patient and condition this procedure works best.
With this special table flexion distraction of the lumbar and lower thoracic spine is possible. Often when discs are involved this procedure can be of great benefit.