Doctors of chiropractic learn a number of different chiropractic techniques and procedures to correct vertebral subluxations. Most of the procedures involve the application of a 'chiropractic spinal adjustment' to the affected vertebrae.
Chiropractic adjustments involve the application of a quick but gentle and generally painless corrective force into the "subluxated" (mis-aligned) spinal vertebra or peripheral joint. The adjustment can be delivered manually through the hands or can be applied through the use of a specialized tool called the 'activator' instrument. Subluxations generally require multiple treatments or adjustments for complete normalization to occur. Similar to straightening teeth, correcting malfunctioning and misaligned vertebrae requires time for the tissues to accept this new position as "normal".