The adjustment, or “manipulation” of a joint (CMT) is what most people consider chiropractic treatment to be. An adjustment has multiple effects on the joints and surrounding areas. For example, one of the most powerful effects of an adjustment is its ability to decrease pain. When something hurts, the pain receptors in our nervous system can become “hyped up” and more sensitive than usual. An adjustment has been show to decrease the hypersensitivity of pain receptors, drastically decreasing pain.
An adjustment can also improve joint motion. Over time, if we don’t use the full range of motion of our joints, we develop movement compensations and tightness of the tissues around a joint, causing poor joint motion. An adjustment improves the range of motion of the joint and causes relaxation of the muscles around the joint, which can otherwise spasm painfully, and also decreases joint compression.
A large number of chiropractors only adjust the joints of the spine. At Mobility Plus, we are highly trained to not only adjust the spinal joints, but also the joints of the extremities (ankle, knee, foot, hip, wrist, elbow, shoulder). We use a number of different CMT techniques, but we are heavily influenced by the diversified adjusting technique, motion palpation institute, and drop table techniques.