Adjustments, or manipulation as they're sometimes referred to is the minor movement of vertebrae in the spine. The objective of this movement is to realign vertebrae that have moved out of place for a number of reasons ranging from normal daily activity to trauma such as a car accident.
When these vertebrae are out of place, it has an overall systemic effect from muscular to the central nervous system. Without proper alignment and flow of all nerves and systems in the body from the brain, we can't function at our peak.
An adjustment is often a pressure from the chiropractor utilizing the hands or an instrument to move a vertebrae back into place. This happens with a quick movement and is often without discomfort. You may hear a noise that sounds like you're cracking your knuckles referred to as joint cavitation. It is the release of gases such as oxygen and nitrogen from the joint.
Overall, adjustments are an excellent way to keep the body functioning at its highest level. When the body is in alignment, the body is able to respond and perform as it was designed to. Dr. Spence's varied post-graduate education allows her to offer a variety of adjusting techniques in order to give her patients the best care for their particular needs. Techniques used are manual manipulation (Diversified Adjusting) and Cox Flexion-Decompression Technique which reduces intradiscal pressure to lessen or resolve degenerative disc disease or disc bulges/herniations www.coxtechnic.org . She is also Advanced Certified in Activator Methods technique, the leading low-force instrument adjusting technique www.activator.com . She has attended multiple postgraduate seminars in health maintenance and nutrition. Since she began practicing Chiropractic, Dr. Spence has kept up to date on many continuing educational classes, ensuring that her patients receive the most comprehensive model of health care.