What is a Chiropractic Adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment is a common procedure in which a trained chiropractic specialist inflicts a controlled, sudden force to a spinal joint in various areas on the back. The goal of this procedure, also known as spinal manipulation, is to improve spinal motion and improve your body's physical function.
Your body is a system of interconnected nerves and tissues. Sometimes, a pain felt in one area of your body is the result of immobility or stress to your spine. Other times, the pain can be pin pointed to a specific area, allowing the chiropractic specialist to work the affected area. A chiropractic adjustment will serve to move your spine in ways that may seem unnatural to help alleviate any pain you may be experiencing.
What Can I Expect from a Chiropractic Adjustment?
During a typical chiropractic adjustment, you will be placed in specific positions to treat your affected areas. You're often positioned lying face up or down on a specially designed, padded chiropractic table. Hands are used to apply a controlled, sudden force to a joint, pushing it beyond its usual range of motion. You may hear popping or cracking sounds as your joints move during the treatment session. This is all natural and part of the chiropractic adjustment process.
Your adjustment can vary depending on the pain and severity you are feeling. We usually suggest a chiropractic adjustment in conjunction with other services as part of your plan to get you moving and feeling better.
Isn’t popping your back bad for you?
In moderation, no. When your back is popped, especially during a chiropractic adjustment, it is believed that the noise you hear is the release of nitrogen and carbon dioxide. When two joints are pulled apart a bubble forms in the joint where fluid rapidly assembles. This is known as cavitation. The release of these joints in your spine can help relieve pressure and get you back to feeling normal. The only time popping your back or joints is bad, is when the act is causing the pain.
Do Chiropractic Adjustments Hurt?
Typically, no. A chiropractic adjustment will aim to alleviate and stop pain from continuing. Sometimes patients will experience minor pain after the first few adjustments due to possible scar tissue or inflammation that has built up, but this will typically subside within a few hours.
Can I Get a Chiropractic adjustment if I am Pregnant?
Yes. An adjustment can help improve the pregnancy experience and facilitate the ease of delivery.
Schedule Your Chiropractic Adjustment
Chiropractic adjustments can be effective in treating low back pain, mid back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, headaches, migraines, sciatica, sports injuries and more. If you are experiencing any of these issues and want to give a chiropractic adjustment a try please come see us and we will be happy to help.
New patients please call 214-484-3379 to schedule an appointment.
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