Glossary of Chiropractic Treatment Terms

Spinal Manipulation or Adjustment

Gentle and quick motion performed by the chiropractor with their hands to restore the range of motion to a locked up spine. (Demo suction of compressed hands) The crack or pop you may hear is the release of the vacuum created when the motion is restored to the compressed spinal joint space. IT IS NOT BONES CRACKING.


Traction table that moves up and down as well as side to side controlled by the Chiropractor while checking the pressure on your spine. This is to gently stretch your muscles, force fluid exchange in the sponges or discs between your spine bones (vertebrae), and to begin restoring spinal motion.

Trigger Points

This tender area is a muscle or fibrotic (soft tissue) knot. It is a type of adhesion similar to scar tissue when the muscle is not working properly. To relax this pressure is applied to reset the muscle spindles or springs that determine the tone or muscle tightness.

What you can expect from treatment

Just as with any medical treatment, patients respond differently to chiropractic care. Some feel immediate relief from their discomfort. Others will notice a new soreness or stiffness as the body acclimates to its new alignment after a session. This is often a sign of progress. Occasionally, a patient will feel little or no change after a recommended course of treatment. In those rare cases, we explore new avenues of treatment with the patient, and do not hesitate to seek out second opinions.