What is a chiropractic adjustment?
A licensed chiropractor uses their hands or special instruments to manipulate the joints of the body. This process is call spinal manipulation or joint manipulation. There are several different techniques that can be utilized by a chiropractor. There is a certain skill level and “art” involved when performing manipulation of the joints.
What should I expect from a chiropractic adjustment?
During your first visit, the chiropractor will discuss your medical history and perform a physical exam. They will either perform diagnostic test or refer out for diagnostic testing such as:
- CT (computed tomography) scan
- MRI (magnetic resonance imaging
Your chiropractor will then develop a treatment plan based on your history, exam findings, and imaging results. The treatment plan will be adapted to the specific needs of each patient. Your chiropractor will apply an adjustment either with their hands or an instrument. You may feel a popping or hear a cracking sound, which is absolutely normal. When you hear the “crack”, this is simply gas releasing from your joint.
Your chiropractor may recommend other therapies along with chiropractic. These may include:
- Electrical stimulation
- Ice or heat therapy
- Corrective Exercises
- Dry needling
- Stress management
What are the benefits of chiropractic care?
It can help reduce pain and correct the body’s alignment and overall physical function. Chiropractors treat conditions affecting the nervous system and musculoskeletal system. Conditions include but not limited too:
- Neck pain
- Lower back pain
- Shoulder pain
- Hip pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
What is the prognosis of a chiropractic adjustment?
Many people feel almost immediate relief from symptoms after a chiropractic treatment.
When should I call?
If you have any conditions of the nervous system or musculoskeletal system that is acute (new) or chronic (long term) find a chiropractor. We can help here at Back Talk Chiropractic with a medicine free approach.
What else should I know about chiropractic?
Only a licensed chiropractor (doctor of chiropractic, or DC) should perform adjustments. You have a high risk of complications or side effects if you have adjustments performed by someone who is not trained or licensed.