Chiropractic is a primary health-care profession that specialises in the diagnosis, treatment and overall management of conditions that are due to problems with the nerves, joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles of the body, particularly those of the spine. Treatment consists of a wide range of manipulative techniques designed to improve the function of the joints, relieving pain and muscle spasm. Chiropractic does not involve the use of any drugs or surgery.

Subluxation

Your spine is made up of 24 moving bones called vertebrae. If a vertebra is not sitting in itís correct dynamic position and/or not moving properly, it can cause irritation to your nerves, muscles and joints resulting in pain or disease. Chiropractors call this the vertebral subluxation complex.  The chiropractor locates the subluxation and then administers an adjustment. 

Adjustment

The word chiropractic comes from two Greek words literally meaning Ďto do by handí.  A chiropractic adjustment is a carefully directed and controlled pressure of the hands to a specific vertebra of the spine.  The adjustment helps to restore the correct movement and dynamic position of the vertebra, thereby reducing irritation to the nerves and decreasing pain/symptoms. A subluxation often needs to be adjusted a few times before it will hold itís correct dynamic position and movement.