A chiropractic adjustment refers to the manipulation of the vertebrae that have abnormal movement patterns or fail to function normally. The goal of this manipulation is to realign these vertebrae in order to re-establish normal spinal mobility thus allowing the body an opportunity to return to normal functionality.
To perform an adjustment your chiropractor will apply quick pressure using their hands or an instrument in order to move vertebrae back into alignment. Often an adjustment is accompanied by an audible cracking sound. This is the release of gaseous pressure called cavitation.
Overall, chiropractic adjustments are an excellent way to encourage optimal health by maintaining proper alignment. When the body is in alignment, it is able to respond and perform as it was designed.