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Sioux City, IA 51105
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What is a Chiropractic Adjustment?

Chiropractic adjustment — also called spinal manipulation — involves moving a joint beyond its usual range of motion but not beyond the range of motion the joint is designed to move, anatomically speaking. You often will hear a popping or cracking noise during chiropractic adjustment as the joint is manipulated.

The goal of a chiropractic adjustment is to relieve pain and improve your body's physical function by properly aligning the spinal column to remove any nerve interference. Once interference is removed the body is able to properly heal itself. Most often people seek chiropractic adjustments as a remedy for pain conditions including Back pain, Neck pain and Headaches to name a few.


Chiropractic Is A Science, An Art And A Philosophy Based On These Concepts:

  • Your body has a natural and powerful ability to heal itself.
  • Your body's structure of your spine dictates its functionality.
  • The brain and nervous system is the master system of the body in that it controls all other functions in your body. Freeing up the nervous system by removing nerve interference will allow your body to heal itself as it was designed.


What Is The Difference Between Manual And Activator Adjusting?

Here at The BAC Clinic we are often asked what the differences are between the traditional bone popping style of chiropractic treatment (Manual Manipulation) and the Activator Method. The end result is the same while the methodology or style is different. Although both methods utilize the doctor’s hands for treatment of "bone out of place" there are some significant differences in delivery.

The ultimate goal of a chiropractic adjustment is the restoration of nerve flow so the body can resume it's optimal performance. It is the removal of this nerve interference by re-positioning the bones referred to as a chiropractic adjustment. Most of us are familiar with the manual adjustment that produces a popping sound as the bones are realigned. In contrast the Activator Method utilizes a hand held instrument that delivers a precise adjustment with only a light clicking sound from the instrument.

Another significant difference between these two styles of treatment is the body position of the patient. In the manual manipulation the patient is re-positioned frequently while the Activator Method allows the patient to remain face down and the instrument does the re-positioning to change the line of drive of the adjustment.

We do not believe that one size fits all or that we each benefit equally from the same type of chiropractic care. We made it our goal at The BAC Clinic of Chiropractic to research the most popular, effective, and safest methods of chiropractic care available. So while the destination is the same for all chiropractic methods the journey is as unique as the individual.


Manual Manipulation
Activator Method
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