At Horsham Chiropractic Centre you will hear us talk a lot about “adjusting your spine” or “giving you an adjustment”. This is what we call it when we try to restore normal movement to poorly functioning vertebrae, in order to return your spine to a healthy state.
Inside the Spine
The spine protects the sensitive spinal cord, acting as a kind of armour. Rather than being stiff, however, it is made up of lots of vertebral segments which shift around and allow the body to move.
The wear and tear of life can cause the small muscles that attach to individual vertebrae to become tight. When tight, they twist the vertebrae into an irregular position so that the spine cannot act as a flexible armour. Instead it prohibits movement – of the back and body, and of information in and out of the spinal cord, and so in and out of the brain.
Finding the Problem
Your Chiropractor is trying to find these restricted vertebrae, in order to adjust the specific spinal segments that are under stress. It is important to understand that symptoms may be due to dysfunction in a part of the spine unrelated to your problem area, so your Chiropractor will need to examine your whole spine.
We will use specific protocols to detect spinal joint dysfunction, analyse leg length inequality and identify issues with body mechanics.
As Activator Chiropractors we will be using the Activator Adjusting Instrument to adjust your joints. This is a small, hand-held instrument which produces a fast, controlled, low-force thrust of pressure, targeted precisely at your stressed joint. It is a gentle, non-invasive procedure that can be used on most people. It is helpful for children who sometimes have trouble lying still; and even older patients, or those with arthritis or osteoporosis, find the Activator Method to be effective and gentle.