Chiropractor treating with adjustment therapy

Chiropractic adjustments are a proven way to improve joint motion. Using precise techniques, chiropractors manually manipulate restricted joints in the spine and extremities. This relieves pain, reduces muscle tension, and enhances overall wellness. 

Chiropractic adjustments are an effective treatment for:

  • Lower back and neck pain
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Sciatica and radiating pain
  • Sports injuries from overuse or impact
  • Postural problems like rounded shoulders
  • Repetitive strain from poor ergonomics

By adjusting a joint, we are improving his ability to move and relaxing the tight muscles, this can help relieve pressure on nerves causing compression and pain. Patients experience improved mobility, posture, and comfort performing daily activities. Regular adjustments also support injury prevention and overall well-being.

How Chiropractic Adjustments Work

Chiropractic adjustments use controlled force applied by hand or with specialised instruments. The chiropractor will gently move a joint just beyond its usual range of motion. This releases muscle tight and tension, thereby allowing a nerve to move more freely without irritation.

You may hear popping, cracking, or gapping sounds as gas bubbles are released within the fluid of the joint. While the noise can be startling, it causes no harm. Patients often report immediate relief of pain and soreness.

The Chiropractic Adjustment Process

Your chiropractic visit starts with a health history and physical examination. The chiropractor checks your posture and spine for restricted motion. They may order imaging like X-rays to gain additional insights into your spinal alignment and health.

Based on the findings, the chiropractor determines which joints need adjusting to improve function. They will use their hands or a tool to apply gentle yet firm force at precise angles to mobilise the problem areas. Most adjustments are quick and comfortable. 

Your chiropractor will recommend a treatment plan with the number and frequency of adjustments needed. This is tailored to the severity of your condition. Ongoing adjustments help sustain proper alignment and motion.

Adjustments are enhanced by at-home care like stretches, exercises, icing/heating sore muscles, and modifying activities that aggravate pain. Your OnePointHealth chiropractor will guide you to help you get maximum results.

During the Chiropractic Adjustment Procedure

The chiropractor will have you lie face down on a specialised table with movable sections for optimal positioning. They will palpate along your spine to locate any problem areas and feel for joint restrictions.

When the joint requiring adjustment is isolated, the chiropractor will move the table or your limbs and body to properly leverage the joint. Then, a gentle but firmly controlled force is applied to mobilise and realign the joint. You may feel some pressure during the quick thrust.

The chiropractor will make sure to adjust both sides of the body to maintain balance. Most adjustments take just a few minutes at each session. Let your chiropractor know if you feel any discomfort during the process.

After the Chiropractic Adjustment

Some minor soreness or stiffness is common after an adjustment session as your body adapts to the newly aligned joint. However, many patients report an immediate decrease in pain and tension. Joints and muscles that were tight should have improved range of motion.

Your chiropractor may recommend applying ice/heat, performing gentle stretches, or resting the area after your appointment. Be sure to let your chiropractor know if the pain worsens or persists more than a couple of days after an adjustment.

Stay hydrated, maintain proper posture, and follow your chiropractor’s at-home recommendations. This will help you achieve longer-lasting results from each chiropractic adjustment. Report any side effects at your next visit.

Are There Risks With Chiropractic Adjustments?

Chiropractic adjustments have minimal risks when performed by licensed chiropractors. The most common side effect is temporary soreness or stiffness at the site of adjustment. Rare but serious risks include worsening pain if the joint is adjusted incorrectly and injury or stroke from arterial damage.

Your chiropractor will thoroughly assess your health, condition, and spine health before determining if adjustments are appropriate. They will take precautions and use proper techniques to maximise safety. The benefits typically far outweigh the small risks. Discuss any concerns with your chiropractor to make informed care decisions.

Get Started with Chiropractic Adjustments 

If you are suffering from chronic pain, mobility issues, or poor spinal health, consider chiropractic adjustments. This holistic approach often brings relief when other treatment methods fail. Book an appointment today to see how chiropractic adjustments can get you feeling your best.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, chiropractic adjustments are extremely safe when performed by a licensed chiropractor. Risks are very low.

You may feel some mild soreness afterwards. The manipulations require minimal force and are not typically painful.