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Chiropractic Adjustments

Chiropractic Adjustments

Chiropractic adjustments are a highly effective form of therapy used to treat problems of the neck, back, arms and legs. Also known as a chiropractic manipulation, the treatment is applied to a joint that's fixated, "locked up", or not moving properly. Chiropractic adjustments help return normal function to the bones, reduces pain and supports the body's natural healing.

Occasionally an adjustment may cause a popping or cracking sound related to the cavitation of the joint.  The sounds are inconsequential.  In fact, with some techniques there is never a sound.

Chiropractors use many techniques to provide an adjustment. Most adjustment techniques provided by Dr. Fred and Dr. Kathleen involve the use of their hands (manual chiropractic adjustment techniques), but the doctors are also trained in non-manual, or instrumentation-based adjustments. If you've been to other chiropractors and have found a certain technique more to your liking than another, please let Dr. Fred or Dr. Kathleen know. They have experience with many techniques.

Chiropractic Adjustments

Chiropractic is not only about treating pain, but also about optimizing health. The basic principle is that the body’s ability to heal is mediated through the nervous system.  If this communication system is altered then your function will not be 100%. One way this occurs is when there is irritation or compression of nerves as they exit between the bones or vertebrae of your spine. The chiropractic adjustment helps to normalize the function and alignment of the spinal joint, and reduce stress on the nervous system.

The effects of the chiropractic adjustment has been studied and reported in numerous scientific journals. They include increased range of motion and reduction in pain (1, 2), increased pain tolerance to pressure on the spinal muscles (3), reduced electrical activity and tension in muscles (4), reduced blood pressure (5, 6), increased plasma endorphin levels (7) and many others.

With 35 years of experience, both the doctors at Deutsch Chiropractic are very skilled in providing gentle and effective chiropractic adjusting. If you would like to obtain more information, please contact our team at Deutsch Chiropractic Clinic in Watertown.


  1. A Cassidy JD, Quon JA, et al. The immediate effect of manipulation on pain and range of motion in the cervical spine: A pilot study. J Manip Physiol Ther 1992; 15:495-500.
  2. Cassidy JD, Lopes AA, et al. The immediate effect of manipulation versus mobilization on pain and range of motion in the cervical spine: A randomized controlled trial. J Manip Physiol Ther 1992; 15:570-575.
  3. Vernon H, Aker P, et al. Pressure pain threshold evaluation of the effect of spinal manipulation in the treatment of chronic neck pain: A pilot study. J Manip Physiol Ther 1990; 13:13-16.
  4. Shambaugh P. Changes in electrical activity in muscles resulting from chiropractic adjustment: A pilot study. J Manip Physiol Ther 1987; 10:300-304.
  5. Tran TA, Kirby JD. The effectiveness of upper cervical adjustment upon the normal physiology of the heart. ACA J Chiro 1977; XI S 58-62.
  6. Yates RG, Lamping DL, et al. Effects of chiropractic treatment on blood pressure and anxiety: A randomized, controlled trial. J Manip Physiol Ther 1988; 11:484-488.
  7. Vernon HT, Dhami MSI, et al. Spinal manipulation and Beta-endorphin: A controlled study of the effect of a spinal manipulation on plasma beta-endorphin levels in normal males. J Manip Physiol Ther 1986; 9:115-123.