Joint manipulation (also known as "an adjustment"), involves gentle, safe, and precise movements of the joints of the body. This highly skilled procedure is designed to restore normal joint function, especially in the spine. Normalized function results in, among other things, decreased stress on the body and improved nerve function. The means by which this is accomplished varies across a large variety of techniques, ranging from those that produce an audible "popping" sound to those that involve virtually no force. In this way, even the most delicate of conditions or individuals can be accommodated.
In my 28+ years as a doctor of chiropractic, I have personally adjusted patients as young as 1 day old, all the way up to a 96-year old female. At the other end of the spectrum, I have treated many professional football players and power lifting champions. The techniques and forces involved in treating these two divergent groups obviously vary. However, by using the appropriate proper chiropractic joint manipulation technique, I have successfully helped both groups and everyone in between.