Chiropractic adjustment, also known as spinal manipulation, is a therapeutic technique performed by chiropractors to treat musculoskeletal conditions. It involves applying a controlled force to a specific joint in the spine or other parts of the body in order to restore joint mobility, alleviate pain, and improve overall physical function.
During a chiropractic adjustment, the chiropractor will use their hands or a small instrument to apply a quick, gentle thrust to the affected joint. This may result in an audible “popping” sound, which is caused by the release of gas bubbles from the joint fluid. The adjustment is typically preceded by a thorough evaluation of the patient’s medical history, physical examination, and diagnostic tests such as X-rays. Click here to book a consultation at You Move Chiropractic Centre in Pasadena!
Headaches, joint pain, neck pain, and sciatica are some medical conditions that use Chiropractic adjustment technique. While it is generally considered safe and effective, it may not be appropriate for all patients. Chiropractors may recommend other forms of treatment, such as physical therapy or medication, in conjunction with chiropractic adjustment to achieve the best possible outcome.
What to expect during and after chiropractic adjustment?
During a chiropractic adjustment:
Before performing an adjustment, the chiropractor will assess your medical history, perform a physical examination, and possibly order imaging tests such as X-rays to determine the underlying cause of your pain or discomfort.
You will be asked to lie down or sit in a comfortable position. The chiropractor will position you in a way that will allow them to access the area that needs adjustment.
The chiropractor will use their hands or a small instrument to apply a quick, controlled force to the affected joint. You may hear a popping or cracking sound during the adjustment, which is caused by the release of gas bubbles from the joint.
The chiropractor will typically perform a few more adjustments and may recommend additional therapies such as stretching or exercise to help improve your condition.
After a chiropractic adjustment:
You may experience immediate relief from pain or discomfort, especially if the adjustment was performed to alleviate a pinched nerve or other source of pressure on the spine.
It is common to experience some soreness or stiffness in the area that was adjusted, which may last for a day or two. This is usually mild and can be treated with ice, heat, or gentle stretching.
3. Improved range of motion:
You may notice an improvement in your range of motion or flexibility, especially if the adjustment was performed to correct a misaligned joint.
4. Continued care:
It is important to follow the chiropractor’s recommendations for continued care, including regular adjustments, exercise, and other therapies to help prevent further injury and maintain optimal spinal health.
Chiropractic adjustment is generally considered safe, but there are some risks involved, especially if you have certain medical conditions or are taking certain medications. Always consult with your healthcare provider before undergoing any new medical treatment, including chiropractic care.