What is a Chiropractic Adjustment?



At Back In Alignment Chiropractic, Dr. Wilcox provides you with high-quality, affordable chiropractic care, and wants you to understand each procedure so you can feel comfortable. One of the more common terms used in chiropractic care is the term “adjustment.” But what is an adjustment?

When you’re told that you need “an adjustment,” you’re being told that a joint, typically in the spine, has become restricted in its normal movement, (called hypomobile), and needs to be corrected to restore its normal mobility.  The adjustment itself is a method of chiropractic correction where the chiropractor exerts a precise force onto the restricted joint, manipulating them into their natural position so they can move properly.

An adjustment can be delivered by hand, or by specially designed chiropractic instruments, depending on the type of correction needed. Dr. Wilcox primarily uses a technique called diversified; however, he has been trained in many chiropractic techniques.  The style of adjustment may change based on each chiropractic case to achieve optimal results.  


Why is it so difficult to make changes and stick to them? Set SMART goals for success.

SMART goals

SMART Goals for Successful Change

Why is it so difficult to make changes and stick to them?  Many times we have things that we would like to change about ourselves; however, it is not always easy.  My wife recently decided to make a few changes to improve her overall health.  These changes include working out more often and eating better, but in order for her to succeed she needs to set goals, stay motivated, and be able to measure her results.  The best way to do this is to set SMART goals— that is, specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-based. Experts say that people are more likely to achieve long term change if they follow the SMART guidelines. So, if you’re thinking of making a change, see if your goal can pass the SMART test:

Specific goals: For example: I will add one fruit or vegetable serving to my current diet every day.

Measure progress. For example, Keep a journal of how often you work out and what you eat (good or bad).

Achievable. For example: Start with 15 minutes of cardio. If your first goal is to do cardio for 1 hour you will feel like a failure and be more likely to give up.  Your goals should be safe for your current fitness level.  An injury is a sure fire way to derail a new fitness plan.  Small achievable goals that continue to increase as you become more fit will make you more likely to stick with it.

Realistic.  There is a time and a place to dream big, but starting out with a new fitness and healthy eating plan is not the time.  Instead think about that one thing you know you can give up or start doing that would be a healthful choice.  Don’t set your first goal as never eating bread again, losing 50 pounds, and running a marathon…. It may sound obvious in these terms, but how often have we set un-realistic goals and then been disappointed in ourselves?  Instead set a goal of switching to whole grain bread, adding a serving of fruit or veggies to every meal, and getting up and moving for at least 20 minutes a day.

Time Based Goals: Pick a date and time to start, no time like the present but be official that you are starting something new and working toward a goa.  Check in each week, maybe on Sunday afternoon, and review your journal to see how you are doing, congratulate yourself on your positive changes, and think about what next small change would be achievable.  Finally, find a deadline that is a few months out (high school reunion, 5K fun run to sign up for, or some other event) that will motivate you reach your goals.



Chiropractic Treatment Helps Veterans Suffering With Back Pain

Recent study shows that chiropractic care helps veterans with low back pain.

Recent study shows that chiropractic care helps veterans with low back pain.

When people think of injuries suffered by our troops, they imagine veterans with visible injuries and disabilities; however, there’s a less visible trauma that’s often overlooked: chronic back pain.

Research has found that the number of veterans with low-back pain is rising. This chronic back pain can be a huge barrier for veterans returning to civilian life. Fortunately, new research has found that chiropractic can help our veterans.

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Chiropractic Better Than Medical Care Alone

The new year is a great time to try something new.  Why not try chiropractic care for your chronic back pain?  People with back pain who are treated by a chiropractor experience more relief than patients treated with standard care alone, according to new research.

A new study from the journal Spine tested the effects of combining chiropractic with standard medical care in 91 military personnel with low-back pain. While all service members received standard medical care, half were also treated with chiropractic spinal adjustments.

Chiropractic made a major difference: 73% of chiropractic patients had moderate to substantial pain relief, compared to just 17% of standard care patients. Chiropractic patients also had significantly lower disability scores.

This study shows that there’s a significant advantage in incorporating chiropractic into the standard care of back pain.

To discover the chiropractic advantage, call our office at 210-494-4999 today.


Goertz C, et al. Adding chiropractic manipulative therapy to standard medical care for patients with acute low back pain: Results from a pragmatic randomized comparative effectiveness study. Spine 2013; 38 (8): 627–634. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e31827733e7.

Beat Holiday Stress so you Celebrate this Season!

Does holiday stress have your muscles tied up in knots?  The busy schedules, cold weather, shopping lists, parties, and family visits can be wonderful opportunities to celebrate; however, too often we overload ourselves with “to-do” lists and the fun of the holidays becomes cause for stress instead.  Before your stress starts to negatively effect your health, come see the team at Back In Alignment Chiropractic.  A one hour therapeutic massage can reverse days and weeks of stress as the tension in your muscles melt away.  While you are at the office you could buy a couple of gift certificates so that the loved ones in your life can have the gift of health and wellness…  and you can cross one more thing of that “to-do” list.


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Stress, Health and Massage

Stress and massageAre you stressed? Most of us are, but if you are not finding ways to manage stress, it can begin to affect your health. More and more credence is being given to the effects of stress on overall health. We’ve known for a long time that stress plays a role in cardiovascular diseases such as high blood pressure. What we’re starting to realize now is that stress has an effect on virtually every bodily function, and chronic stress has a direct effect on our overall health and well-being.

The good old fight or flight reaction that takes place in the body as a response to stress no longer serves a very useful purpose in most cases. Once used by our ancestors to flee predators, the non-physical action that we take following a stressful situation causes the body to continue to produce more cortisol. Chronic stress results in excessive cortisol AND a reduction in the amount of serotonin and dopamine, which are supposed to produce a calming effect on the body when there is a sufficient amount.

This is why most anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications focus on eliminating this deficiency of serotonin and/or dopamine. Unfortunately, these medications also have side effects.

Chronic stress has a HUGE effect on our health. For example, high levels of cortisol may be responsible for excessive abdominal fat, which is correlated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

A study in the International Journal of Neuroscience found that massage therapy was able to reduce cortisol levels by 31% and increase serotonin and dopamine by 28% and 31% respectively.1 This suggests that massage therapy is highly beneficial in relieving stress and reducing the long-term health effects of chronic stress.

Massage therapy may be a healthier approach to reducing stress and anxiety, though it’s important that you never discontinue a prescription medication without the consent and guidance from your healthcare practitioner as the results can be deadly.

Instead, speak with your doctor about the possibility of using massage in conjunction with your medication until he or she is ready to wean you from your medication.

  1. Field T, Hernandez-Reif M, Diego M, Schanberg S, Kuhn C. Cortisol decreases and serotonin and dopamine increase following massage therapy. International Journal of Neuroscience 2005;115(10):137-1413.