Adjustments, or manipulation as they're sometimes referred to is the minor movement of vertebrae in the spine and extremities that isn't moving properly. The objective of this movement is to remove joint restrictions/subluxations and restore mobility within the joint. When these joints are subluxated, restricted or fixated, and not moving properly, it causes stress and irritation within the joint. The symptoms associated with this can be intermittent, generally unpredictable, and can occur a few times per month or year. Most patients have persistent tenderness in the joint, tightness in the surrounding musculature, and loss of spinal flexibility. Pain, from irritated joints in the lower back, often radiate down in to the buttock and down back of upper leg. Similarly, joint problems in the neck typically radiate locally or into the shoulder and upper back. The may also, on occasion, cause headaches. These are generally referred to as cervicogenic headaches.
An adjustment/manipulation, when applicable, is provided by Dr. Mote. He utilizing his hands to gently remove these restrictions/subluxations to restore mobility within the joint. This happens with a either a slow or quick movement and is very often without discomfort. You may hear a noise that sounds like you're cracking your knuckles. This is referred to as joint cavitation and is perfectly normal. It is the release of gases such as oxygen and nitrogen from the joint. Overall, adjustments/manipulations is an excellent way to restore joint mobility within the joint. It's not unusual for patient to feel immediate pain relief and increased mobility from a single treatment.