A chiropractic adjustment, also known as chiropractic manipulation, manual manipulation, or spinal manipulation, is a common therapeutic treatment for pain in the neck, mid back and lower back. A chiropractic adjustment refers to a chiropractor applying an adjustment to the vertebrae that have abnormal movement patterns or fail to function normally, which is called a subluxation.
Although this dysfunction of the spine can cause pain, pain is a symptom and usually the last thing felt. Pain free regular chiropractic adjustment can help avoid this spinal dysfunction. The objective of the chiropractic treatment is to reduce the subluxation, with the goals of increasing range of motion, reducing nerve irritability and improving function.