Let’s take the mysteries out of what chiropractic care is all about with an overview of how it works and what you might come to expect. What is chiropractic? Chiropractic theory revolves around joints and bones that may be out of adjustment or misaligned and when they are manipulated back into place the rest of the body will adjust accordingly and naturally.
A licensed chiropractor makes physical adjustments to misalignments, which are called subluxations. An adjustment to a joint is performed by pushing, twisting or pulling movements and they are referred to as adjustments. Other treatments may include using ultrasound, electrical stimulation or using heat prior to an adjustment in an effort to get a patient’s muscles to relax.
An adjustment may result in a cracking or popping sound as a joint is being manipulated. This sound can occur when a joint has been released or moved from a restrictive state during a treatment. Only a small number of patients feel more than mild discomfort or pain when an adjustment is being performed. After an adjustment, most people feel fine and report no discomfort.
Who should use chiropractic services?
Chiropractic is used to treat people with headaches, neck pain and back pain as a treatment. A chiropractic adjustment is generally safe and this information is provided for interested parties about chiropractic services. It is not intended to replace consultation with a physician.
Possible side effects of a chiropractic adjustment could include fatigue, headaches or discomfort where an adjustment was made. Rare or serious problems can occur sometimes and you should confer with your chiropractor before services are rendered.
Why consider chiropractic care?
People rely on chiropractic treatment to resolve reoccurring conditions quickly and resume normal life. Individuals may develop back pain and are unsuccessful using current treatment methods to relieve pain.
An initial visit with a chiropractor will entail questions about your health history and a physical examination including your spine. The chiropractor may perform an adjustment at this time or later depending upon your situation and create a treatment plan.
Adjustments take place on a padded chiropractic table. Chiropractors may use their hands applying force against a joint to release pressure. The concern of the chiropractor is to relieve pain, while improving your body’s overall physical condition.
When an adjustment has relieved pressure and pain, this allows the body to heal itself. A chiropractor may recommend stretching, massage, applying cold or heat, rest, exercises or discuss lifestyle changes. Many chiropractors perform services in conjunction with wellness programs believing that the entire body benefits as a whole.
Treatment is evaluated based on your condition and progress. The chiropractor may change the course of treatment or recommend seeing a medical physician. Each individual must evaluate whether the pain they are experiencing can be relieved or eliminated through chiropractic treatments.