Back Adjustment: What You Need to Know

Back adjustment, also known as spinal manipulation, is a common chiropractic technique used to treat back pain and improve spinal function. The treatment involves the use of controlled force to manipulate the spine’s joints, intending to reduce pain, increase the range of motion, and improve overall function. In this blog post, we will explore what back adjustment is and how ChiroFit Studio in Chatsworth, California can help you achieve optimal spinal health.

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Understanding the Spine

The spinal column is made up of 24 independent vertebrae or bones that allow the body to move, bend, and twist. The spinal column also works to protect the central nervous system. When vertebrae are not functioning properly together, it’s called a misalignment or subluxation. These misalignments can cause pain, reduced mobility, and numbness, but it may be months or years before symptoms develop. Between vertebrae are cushions of cartilage called spinal discs. The discs keep the vertebrae in alignment with proper spacing and absorb shock. When the spinal structure is not aligned, vertebrae can be pushed out of alignment and put excess pressure on a disc. This can lead to a bulging or herniated disc. Discs have a soft center with a harder exterior. A herniated disc happens when the softer interior is pushed through the exterior of the disc. This can put pressure on nerves running through the spine and lead to chronic and debilitating back pain, numbness, weakness, and pain that travels down the legs. The spine bears a constant weight load which makes it prone to misalignments and pain. As we age, the problem gets worse as constant pressure wears away at the cartilage lining the facet joints, causing inflammation. A variety of conditions can trigger back pain, including abnormal curvature of the spine, fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, pregnancy, and injuries from sports, exercise, and car accidents. According to the American Chiropractic Association, about 20% of men and women with back pain have osteoarthritis by the age of 40, and this figure climbs to 75% by the age of 60.

What is Back Adjustment?

Back adjustment is a type of manual therapy that is performed by a licensed chiropractor. During a back adjustment, the chiropractor applies controlled force to specific joints in the spine using their hands or a specialized instrument. The goal of the treatment is to correct misalignments in the spine, also known as subluxations, which can cause pain and limit mobility. Back adjustment is typically performed while the patient lies face down on a padded table. The chiropractor will use a variety of techniques to manipulate the spine, including high-velocity, low-amplitude thrusts, and more gentle techniques such as mobilization. The specific technique used will depend on the patient’s needs and the chiropractor’s assessment of their spinal health.

What Conditions Can Back Adjustment Treat?

Back adjustment is commonly used to treat a range of conditions that affect the spine, including:
  • Back Pain: Back pain is one of the most common reasons people seek chiropractic care. Back adjustment can help alleviate pain caused by conditions such as herniated discs, muscle strains, and spinal stenosis.
  • Neck Pain: Back adjustment can also be used to treat neck pain caused by conditions such as whiplash, herniated discs, and cervical stenosis.
  • Headaches: The back adjustment is effective in reducing the frequency and severity of tension headaches and migraines.
  • Sciatica: Sciatica is a condition that occurs when the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back down the legs, becomes compressed. Back adjustment can help relieve the pressure on the nerve and reduce pain.
  • Scoliosis: Scoliosis is a condition characterized by an abnormal curvature of the spine. While back adjustment cannot cure scoliosis, it can help alleviate pain and improve mobility.

How Can ChiroFit Studio Help?

At ChiroFit Studio in Chatsworth, California, our team of experienced chiropractors specializes in providing back adjustment to help patients achieve optimal spinal health. We use a combination of techniques to help alleviate pain, improve mobility, and restore function. During your initial consultation, one of our chiropractors will perform a thorough assessment of your spinal health and create a customized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. This may include back adjustment, as well as other chiropractic techniques such as spinal decompression, massage therapy, and therapeutic exercise. We also believe in taking a holistic approach to spinal health, which is why we offer a range of other wellness services to complement our chiropractic care. These services include nutrition counseling, stress management, and lifestyle coaching, all of which can help you achieve optimal health and well-being.


At ChiroFit Studio, we are committed to providing our patients with the highest level of care and attention. We believe that everyone deserves to feel their best and live their best life, and we are here to help you achieve that. If you’re struggling with back pain, neck pain, headaches, sciatica, scoliosis, or any other condition affecting your spinal health, contact us today to schedule a consultation and see how we can help you get back to feeling your best.

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From providing precise spinal adjustments to implementing specialized exercises and rehabilitation techniques, we strive to deliver the highest quality of chiropractic care, ensuring that our patients feel supported and empowered on their journey to wellness. See All Our Services.

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