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Chiropractic Adjustments and Manipulations


A very common treatment in our office is a chiropractic adjustment and/or manipulation. The purpose is to “gap” the joint that has been restricted in movement. This gaping of the joint is achieved through a number of different ways. The most common is a high velocity/low amplitude thrust being administered to the joint that is not moving as it should. Typically, this is when you hear that “popping” or “cracking” sound coming from your back. Have no fear! This is only gas being released from the joint as the joint opens up. Other means of adjusting involve instruments that mimic a traditional hands-on adjustment, but are much gentler and do not involve any bending or twisting of the body. There is generally no “cracking” involved with these procedures.

Have you ever sat at a desk for long periods of time and some part of your body starts to bother you? Maybe it is neck pain, middle back pain, lower back pain, or even the start of a headache? These symptoms are all a result of poor posture over time in which your body is experiencing uncommon stress on a particular joint. You need to get your body adjusted back to normal, or your body will start to change and can lead to chronic problems! Get your spine checked today!

What are the side effects?

First-time patients may experience mild soreness for up to 24 hours. This is not a bad sign. As we know from exercising, soreness is the body's way of informing you it is changing! Have you ever been mad when you are sore after working out? Probably not. In fact, you commend yourself for a good workout! Embrace the change and look forward to improving your health!

How long does it take? How often do I have to come?

First off, not every condition is the same, and not every human body is the same. That being said, everyone responds differently to the treatment. There are many complicating factors that come into play, regarding the length and duration of a specific treatment plan.

A routine adjustment/manipulation takes only a few minutes; however, most individuals have other tissues involved which require some extra work. The best way to answer this question is to get a FREE consultation with the doctor. They will be able to provide you with an approximate duration to get you functioning back to normal!


Pittsburgh Physical Medicine and Chiropractic
5916 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Phone: 412-981-1646
Fax: 412-404-8496

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