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One of the most common procedures performed by Doctors of Chiropractic is spinal manipulation, sometimes referred to as a “chiropractic adjustment”.

The purpose of Chiropractic manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become restricted in their movement as a result of a tissue injury. Adjustments can also be performed on areas other than the spine including shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, and ankles.

Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time.

In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for an individual. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, allowing tissues to heal.

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Dr. Todd Sparks

Dr. Todd Sparks, DC

graduated from Northwestern College of Chiropractic in 1994 with a Doctorate in Chiropractic and received his board certification in acupuncture in 2002. He has a B.S. in Health and Fitness, is a Certified Exercise Physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine, and certified through the International Association for Worksite Health Promotion.

In addition to practicing in the Twin Cities, Dr. Sparks teaches college courses in Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology, Biomechanics, and Exercise Sciences. He also works onsite with businesses for health promotion and injury prevention.
Dr. Sparks has successfully used acupuncture in general practice, athletes, and workplace injuries.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What conditions do chiropractors treat?

Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) care for patients of all ages, with a variety of health conditions. DCs are especially well known for their expertise in caring for patients with back pain, neck pain and headaches…particularly with their highly skilled manipulations or chiropractic adjustments. They also care for patients with a wide range of injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, involving the muscles, ligaments and joints. These painful conditions often involve or impact the nervous system, which can cause referred pain and dysfunction distant to the region of injury. The benefits of chiropractic care extend to general health issues, as well, since our body structure affects our overall function. DCs also counsel patients on diet, nutrition, exercise, healthy habits, and occupational and lifestyle modification.

How is a chiropractic adjustment performed?

Chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is a manual procedure that utilizes the highly refined skills developed during the doctor of chiropractic’s intensive years of chiropractic education. The chiropractic physician typically uses his or her hands–or an instrument–to manipulate the joints of the body, particularly the spine, in order to restore or enhance joint function. This often helps resolve joint inflammation and reduces the patient’s pain. Chiropractic manipulation is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort. The chiropractor adapts the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient. Patients often note positive changes in their symptoms immediately following treatment.