Chiropractic adjusting involves placing the patient in a specific set-up position. Depending on the joint to be adjusted the set-up position may have the patient lying on their stomach, back, side or sitting up. The doctor then applies a preload force to the joint in question with the hand. The adjustment can be a forceful thrust, or low to virtually no force in the technique. This adjustment imparts movement in the joint which may or may not results in an audible click or popping sound. Chiropractic adjustments have been shown to relieve pain, relax muscles, and increase movement in fixated joints.
The malfunctioning spinal, pelvic or extremity joints are diagnosed with static or motion testing techniques. Dr. London uses many touch-techniques to find the loss of motion within the joint. Motion Palpation challenges the end-play of a joint to feel the direction and severity of the loss of function.
One of the fundamental ideas of Chiropractic treatment is that spinal nerves are negatively affected as they exit the spinal column when there is reduced motion between the vertebra. These spinal nerves travel out to every structure in the body. If they are negatively affected they will be sending faulty signals and problems can arise. It is for this reason spinal manipulation is so important to overall health.