The Language Of Straight Chiropractic: Understanding The Key Terms And Concepts

Here is some more context around the terms and concepts we use on our portal for chiropractors: Straight Chiropractic

Chiropractic Adjustment

A chiropractic adjustment is a specific technique used by chiropractors to manipulate joints, bones and soft tissues. It is used to restore joint mobility and can help reduce pain, inflammation, stiffness and tension in the body. During an adjustment, the chiropractor will use their hands to apply a brief and precise force to targeted areas of the body. This force is intended to correct alignment, improve range of motion, reduce nerve irritability and improve overall health. The adjustment is often accompanied by an audible “pop” as the joint surfaces are adjusted. This “pop” is caused by the release of gas bubbles trapped between joint surfaces.

First Aid

First aid is the initial treatment given to a person who has been injured or is experiencing a medical emergency. First aid includes providing physical, mental, or emotional support, keeping the patient safe and comfortable, and administering basic medical care.


Treatment refers to the care and management of a patient’s condition, as well as the procedures used to diagnose and address it. Treatment can involve therapeutic interventions such as lifestyle changes, and physical therapies, among many other options.


Manipulation is a form of hands-on treatment that involves applying pressure to joints and muscles to reduce pain and improve mobility. Manipulation can be used in conjunction with other treatments and therapies to maximize the benefit to the patient.