Often we hear these two words used in the same context. Many people use them synonymously and are convinced that they mean the same thing. People may also think that they are both intended to accomplish the same goal when performed. Let's look at the definitions and clearly understand the difference.
ADJUSTMENT--THE SPECIFIC APPLICATION OF FORCES TO FACILITATE THE BODY'S CORRECTION OF NERVE INTERFERENCE.------PERFORMED BY PRINCIPLED CHIROPRACTORS ONLY.
It is always an absolute, positive, beneficial act for every human being.
It works 100% of the time for what it’s supposed to do. You can't remove a subluxation (nerve pressure) without your life potential improving. Nerves communicate with all cells in the body. When there is a better flow of intelligence (mental impulse that travels along nerve fibers), cells will adapt better, work better, and regenerate healthier. Your body will not only be more organized, it will be stronger internally when a better nerve supply is present.
MANIPULATION--THE FORCEFUL PASSIVE MOVEMENT OF A JOINT BEYOND ITS ACTIVE LIMIT OF MOTION USED AS A TREATMENT FOR A MEDICAL CONDITION; USUALLY SOME MUSCULOSKELETAL TYPE AILMENT. IT DOES NOT IMPLY THE USE OF PRECISION, SPECIFICITY, OR THE CORRECTION OF NERVE INTERFERENCE, AND THEREFORE IS NOT SYNONYMOUS WITH THE CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENT.------PERFORMED BY OSTEOPATHS, PHYSICAL THERAPISTS, MEDICAL DOCTORS, and ANYONE ELSE.
Like any other medical procedure, manipulation may help folks with their symptoms sometimes, and other times may not help them at all. Like any other medical procedure, manipulation can be a positive thing for the body, or there may be risks involved.