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Making Adjustments

The cornerstone of chiropractic treatment is manual manipulation, also known as adjustment. With the patient positioned to render easy access to the joint with an abnormality, the chiropractor assesses how much force, pressure, and direction will be needed to mobilize and manipulate the joint. Mobilization involves traction, often moving the joint as far as it will go. Then, the chiropractor will execute a rapid thrust, with hands strategically placed, to release the immobile joint. As a result, the joint will be restored to its proper position and movement. Thus describes the thrusting action known as manipulation. From the patient's standpoint, it involves a painless sensation that is somewhat similar to that of cracking one's knuckles.

PS The performance of a chiropractic adjustment involve knowledge and experience, not strength.