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A chiropractic adjustment is a specific and controlled thrust; most often performed with the doctors' hands but sometimes, with a hand-held tool, meant to restore proper motion or position of a joint. For most chiropractors, this is the primary method of treatment during the initial course of care. There are several methods of adjusting and our doctors will work with you to find which one works best for you and your condition. As chiropractors we adjust joints when they become restricted in certain motions causing pain and dysfunction.  This decrease in mobility stresses not only the joint but also surrounding muscles, tendons and ligaments.  This can result in pain or tissue damage.  A chiropractic adjustment works to restore normal functioning of the joint to allow proper function.  Many people talk about the cracking noise associated with adjustments.  That is carbon monoxide gas which gets trapped in the joint when it is not functioning and when an adjustment occurs the gas is removed. As doctors we will assess each patient individually to see if adjustments are good for you.  You can be confident that you have a say in your treatment including the use of an adjustment.