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Frequently asked questions. If you can’t find your answer in our FAQ you can always give us a call at (757) 873-4131

What is chiropractic ``adjustment``?

Adjustment, also known as manipulation, is the minor movement of vertebrae. Over time, the spine tends to shift out of place. Whether it’s a result of daily activity or severe trauma, it creates a disruption. Until the vertebrae return to their intended alignment, the body won’t function at 100%.

The adjustment is what returns displaced vertebrae to its rightful position. Pressure is applied by hand or with a chiropractic instrument to facilitate the necessary movement. Adjustments are a relatively quick procedure.

What is subluxation?

Subluxation describes misaligned vertebrae — usually caused by impact. Pressure on the nerves, blood vessels and surrounding areas interrupt messages in transit from the brain. The body cannot properly complete tasks with limited instruction.

Why does my back crack?

This is referred to as joint cavitation — the same thing that happens when cracking your knuckles. It’s the release of gases from the joint, such as oxygen and nitrogen. Now you know! Please note, we do not recommend adjusting any part of your body yourself. If you are experiencing discomfort, please come in for a consultation to have it professionally assessed and adjusted.

Can my shoulder pain be from a neck condition?

Absolutely. We get this question frequently. The short explanation is that the brain perceives things differently than you’d think. Nerves are responsible for controlling specific parts of the body. When a nerve experiences pressure, it interrupts the conversations between the brain and the body part. The brain sounds the alarm by triggering pain in the body part at risk.

That’s why a neck  condition can cause symptoms like shoulder  pain, upper arm pain, muscle weakness, and sensations of pins and needles in the arm, hands and fingers, without ever feeling it in your neck.


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