How does a chiropractic adjustment work?

A chiropractic adjustment is a therapy with the use of hands or a specialised tool performed by chiropractors. It involves applying controlled force to specific restricted joints in the body to improve alignment & function

What are the 3 primary goals of a Chiropractic adjustment?

  1. Relieve pain
  2. Improve joint mobility
  3. Restore overall health

Several studies have shown that Chiropractic adjustments are beneficial in reducing pain by:

Stimulating the nervous system

Adjustments may affect the nervous system by stimulating nerve receptors in the joints. This can help reduce pain signals & promote relaxation.(1)

Restore joint mobility

By applying targeted force to a joint, chiropractors aim to restore its normal range of motion. This can alleviate stiffness & improve joint function.(2)

Release trapped or compressed nerves

Misaligned joints can sometimes put pressure on nearby nerves, causing pain or other symptoms. Chiropractic adjustments can help release these trapped nerves & alleviate associated discomfort.(3)

Promote healing

Improved joint function & reduced nerve interference may enhance the body’s natural healing processes. Chiropractic care is often used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan for various musculoskeletal conditions.(4)


1. Navid MS, Lelic D, Niazi IK, Holt K, Mark EB, Drewes AM, Haavik H. The effects of chiropractic spinal manipulation on central processing of tonic pain – a pilot study using standardized low-resolution brain electromagnetic tomography (sLORETA). Sci Rep. 2019 May 6;9(1):6925. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-42984-3. PMID: 31061511; PMCID: PMC6502880.

2. Bronfort, G., Haas, M., Evans, R. L., & Bouter, L. M. (2004). Efficacy of spinal manipulation and mobilization for low back pain and neck pain: a systematic review and best evidence synthesis. The spine journal : official journal of the North American Spine Society, 4(3), 335–356.

3. Reed, W. R., Liebschner, M. A., Sozio, R. S., Pickar, J. G., & Gudavalli, M. R. (2015). Neural Response During a Mechanically Assisted Spinal Manipulation in an Animal Model: A Pilot Study. Journal of novel physiotherapy and physical rehabilitation, 2(2), 20–27.

4. Colombi A, Testa M. The Effects Induced by Spinal Manipulative Therapy on the Immune and Endocrine Systems. Medicina (Kaunas). 2019 Aug 7;55(8):448. doi: 10.3390/medicina55080448. PMID: 31394861; PMCID: PMC6722922.

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