What is spinal manipulation? And do I always need it?

Chiropractic spinal manipulation (‘adjustments’) are highly skilled procedures used to restore movement to joints that aren’t moving correctly. This could be a spinal joint or another joint in your body. A very specific contact is applied followed by a very fast and highly accurate thrust.  With adjustments a ‘pop’ or ‘click’ may be heard, followed by an immediate sense of relief and vitality. Not everyone needs an adjustment, and not every case should be treated with manipulation. In the case of children or the elderly, soft finger pressure is used to release a joint, or a specialised instrument may be used.