Chiropractic Adjustments

chiropractic adjustments offered by AICA AtlantaChiropractic Adjustment also referred to as chiropractic manipulation, spinal manipulation, or manual manipulation, is a frequently used form of treatment for pain in the lower back.

The goal of any chiropractic adjustment is to reduce any misalignment, while also reducing nerve damage and improving mobility.

Chiropractic Adjustments Explained

Chiropractic adjustments tend to consist of:

  • A sense of relief most of the time, although minor, short-term discomfort has been reported if the patient tenses up or the surrounding muscles are in spasm during this chiropractic care.
  • A short lever, high velocity arm thrust applied to a vertebra.
  • An audible release of gas, or joint cavitation, (oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide) which releases joint pressure.

Joint cavitation or “cracking” sounds are not as common as you might believe. These noises are the result of excessive muscle splinting that tends to take place when a patient is not completely relaxed when receiving a chiropractic adjustment.

When this takes place, it is often best for the Chiropractor to apply ice, allow the patient to collect themselves, or to perform an electrical stimulation and massage before following through with the adjustment.

Chiropractic Adjustment Techniques

There is a range of techniques that are used by Chiropractors, all of which require some degree of training and expertise when rendering.

Common Forms of Chiropractic Adjustments and Therapy

Some therapeutic measures that are often utilized by our Chiropractors include:


Diathermy offered in Atlanta | AICA AtlantaA form of electromagnetic, shortwave therapy that passes through the softer tissues and provides heat to denser tissues, diathermy relaxes the muscles and connective tissues, expedites the healing process by increasing circulation, and decreases muscle spasms.

In chiropractic treatment utilizing diathermy, the treated area will usually feel pleasantly warm.

Cold Laser Therapy

Particles of energy are carried in a laser and absorbed by the cell’s photoreceptors after passing through the skin surface.

The cells and tissues then convert this light energy into biochemical energy, precipitating a biological process that is believed to reduce back pain, decrease swelling and inflammation, and improve circulation.

Electrical Muscle Stimulation

During this chiropractic treatment, electrodes are placed on the skin that sends mild electrical pulses to different areas of the body with the purpose of relieving back pain, curtailing muscle spasms and reducing inflammation.


Using Ergonomic Keyboards For Chiropractic Care | AICA AtlantaDuring chiropractic therapy, your Chiropractor may suggest some modifications to the equipment you tend to use throughout your day, whether at work or home.

Using a standup workstation that allows you to avoid straining your neck, typing on an ergonomic keyboard to prevent arthritis, or using a firmer pillow at night are just a few of the recommendations they might offer.

Dietary Management

Many Chiropractors will offer suggestions on how patients can and improve their diet in ways that help relieve chronic pain or joint inflammation.

Consuming more green, leafy vegetables or cutting down on foods that are high in trans fats are two simple recommendations that can go a long way in improving your overall health.


Thousands of different exercise routines exist; finding one that aligns with your interests and schedule is critical for keeping you committed to a long-term workout routine.

Your Chiropractor can offer a variety of controlled exercises that you can perform on your own time, to compliment your ongoing treatment program.

Heat and Cold

Your Chiropractor might alternate between heat and ice therapy to help patients treat back pain.

Ice packs may be applied to numb the back for a 10 to 15 minute period and then switched to a heat wrap, heating pad or hot water bottle to improve blood flow to the area and promote faster healing.


Chiropractic Care and Hydrotherapy | AICA AtlantaHydrotherapy manipulates the body’s ability to respond to treatment by alternating between hot and cold stimuli rendered through hot baths, whirlpools, temperature wraps, or saunas.

Your Chiropractor may recommend hydrotherapy in orde to treat your chronic back pain, using cold stimuli to mask your symptoms, while also using thermal stimuli techniques that increase your blood flow and helps support your body’s ability to heal itself.

Infrared Radiation

Infrared radiation may be used by your Chiropractor to differentiate normal temperature changes from abnormal differences and to assess any unknown concerns that may be contributing to your back pain.

Chiropractic Massage

Your Chiropractor may recommend massaging your soft tissues to reduce inflammation, improve circulation, and stimulate your body’s natural healing process.

Pelvic Stabilization

When flat feet, leg length deficiency and subtalar instability are present, the Chiropractor may place a small heel lift in the shoe on the short leg side and prescribe corrective arch supports to aid in stabilizing the pelvis.


Traction and Chiropractic Care | AICA AtlantaTraction massages may include the patient lying face up as a system of rollers move about the back, all the while stretching and massaging the muscles in the back.

Chiropractors may use other traction devices that decompress the discs, stretch the spine and reduce the pressure on the nerve roots (a procedure known as non-surgical spinal decompression).

Receive Ongoing Chiropractic Adjustments From AICA Atlanta

We treat thousands of patients throughout the greater Atlanta community for various conditions and ailments, all of which can be remedied through chiropractic adjustments. By working with our team of experienced doctors who are used to addressing musculoskeletal injuries, you can receive treatment that is both effective and efficient.

Most of our new patients return as frequent visitors who receive chiropractic adjustments on a bi-weekly or monthly basis because of how amazing they continue to feel.

Our office offers FREE consultation meetings for all new patients and is available 24/7 to schedule an appointment.

You can connect with our team by filling out our online submission form or by calling us at (404) 889-8828.

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