Chiropractic manipulative therapy is used to restore normal joint motion, break up fibrous adhesions within the joints, and break the muscle spasm- pain cycle. Since joints don’t have a good direct blood supply, the cells that comprise them get their oxygen and nutrients and release their wastes through movement of the fluid within them. This process usually occurs naturally as you move throughout the day. If joints cannot move properly, which occurs with muscle spasm secondary to an acute injury, this process cannot occur and problems such as joint degeneration occur.
The “pop” or cavitation usually associated with a chiropractic adjustment is a good thing. It is caused by gas being released from the joint and fluid being drawn in. When there is and injury to a joint, whether it is from a single injury or from the result of repetitive, small injuries, the muscles around the joint tighten up in an effort to protect it. This compression leads to more pain, which leads to more spasm. Chiropractic adjustments help to end this cycle so that proper movement and healing can occur.
Conditions that may be treated with chiropractic manipulation include:
Neck and back pain, pelvic pain, sciatica, disc injuries, muscle strain, ligament sprain,facet syndrome, headaches, and more.