According to the World Health Organization (WHO) an adjustment is "any chiropractic therapeutic procedure that ultimately uses controlled force, leverage, direction, amplitude and velocity, which is applied to specific joints and adjacent tissues. Chiropractors commonly use such procedures to influence joint and neurophysiological function."
The goal of chiropractors when performing an adjustment is to restore joint mobility, thereby alleviating pain, muscle tension/imbalances, and allowing the surrounding tissues to heal. When joints can move throughout their intended range of motion they can perform at their optimal level.
Joint mobility can be decreased anywhere in the spine or extremities. These hypomobile joints become restricted in their movement through some type of injury. Injury can occur more obviously by a traumatic event, such as a car accident, or by repetitive movement or stress, such as sitting in a car for a long ride. Poor posture while sitting at work will also cause repetitive stress on your spine. In all cases there is injury to tissue which leads to pain and inflammation. When there is pain the body will try to compensate to keep you out of pain and joint function will be affected. Sometimes finding the initial source of dysfunction can be difficult if injuries are not addressed right away. A hip issue could be an underlying foot problem, or a knee issue could be an underlying hip problem. Dr. Vidaurre-Mendoza will address the whole body and not only where the symptoms are.
"Chiropractic is not designed to make you instantly feel better, chiropractic is designed to make you instantly heel better."