More and more patients, insurance companies, and doctors are accepting chiropractic as a viable alternative to medication and surgery. By applying a specific force to an affected joint, chiropractic adjustments (or manipulations) help to free up any joint restrictions, inflammation, or bulging discs. If a joint is not moving correctly, then the bones, muscles, and nerves surrounding that area can subluxate or move out of position. When this happens, the nerve to that area will either fire too quickly and send a sharp pain signal, or fire too slowly and a patient may feel a dull pain. Either way, it causes the nearby muscles to spasm which results in the joint being “locked up”.