How do Chiropractors Know Where to Adjust? – Dr. Levi

How do Chiropractors Know Where to Adjust?

Sometimes it seems a little bit like magic how your chiropractor knows just where to make an adjustment, doesn’t it? But this art is definitely a science! Chiropractors have a deep understanding of human anatomy, specialized evaluation methods and of course, practiced adjustment techniques.

Understanding the Human Body

Understanding the human body is the foundation of chiropractic expertise. The spine, joints and nervous system are all interconnected, and misalignments can have far-reaching effects. Even minor misalignments can impact overall health and wellbeing.

A licensed chiropractor receives extensive education on human anatomy throughout their training. Along with anatomy they also study physiology, neurology, pathology, radiology, biochemistry and have substantial hands-on training to be able to detect subtle abnormalities in the spine, muscles and joints.

Chiropractic training emphasizes the importance of taking a holistic approach to healthcare. This perspective guides the diagnostic process, allowing chiropractors to identify not only the symptoms but also the underlying causes of a patient’s pain.

Chiropractic Assessment Techniques

Chiropractors use a varied range of assessment techniques to determine where to make an adjustment including:

Posture Analysis

In looking at the alignment and balance of the body, insight can be gained into musculoskeletal issues.

Range of Motion Tests

By measuring how much a joint can move a chiropractor can identify restrictions and areas of limited mobility that need addressing.

Gait Observation

Assessing the biomechanics of how a patient walks can reveal issues related to joints, muscles and neurological function.

Orthopedic Exams

Specialized tests to diagnose musculoskeletal conditions can pinpoint specific areas of concern.

Symptom Analysis

Through an in-depth discussion with the patient, symptoms such as pain, numbness, tingling and weakness can be correlated to specific areas of nerve compression or other issues.

Curvature Review

Examining the natural curves of the spine can help identify abnormalities or imbalances.


Looking at the internal structures of the body through X-ray can reveal bone misalignment, fractures and degenerative changes.


Using this non-invasive technique to measure the infrared heat radiating from the body helps identify areas of inflammation and abnormal blood flow.


Using their hands, a chiropractor can feel for muscle tension, misalignments, abnormalities and more.

Techniques Used in Chiropractic Adjustments

Chiropractors use specialized techniques to perform adjustments:

Manual Adjustments

Precise manual manipulation restores proper alignment. Using their hands, chiropractors gently move the joints and spine to promote optimal functionality.

Instrument-assisted Adjustments

Tools like activators enable gentle and accurate adjustments. These instruments deliver a controlled force ensuring targeted corrections.

Soft Tissue Therapy

Massage and stretching techniques complement adjustments for comprehensive care. These techniques can address muscular tension and flexibility.

Chiropractic Adjustments in Maryland

At Levi Chiropractic, we pride ourselves on delivering exceptional evidence-based, patient-centered chiropractic care. Dr. Levi’s pain-relieving treatments might make you feel like he’s a magician at times, but they stem from his over 25 years of experience. With personalized treatment plans and precise adjustments, his aim is to restore your body’s natural balance. Contact us for an evaluation.