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Chiropractor Techniques: What is a Chiropractic Adjustment?

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Chiropractor techniques can vary somewhat from practice to practice. However, one constant in the field of chiropractic care is the chiropractic adjustment. People who suffer from neck or back pain may consider seeing chiropractor for treatment. However, not everyone knows exactly what occurs during a regular chiropractic adjustment.

At A Family Chiropractic Clinic in Denton, Texas, we take excellent care of our patients. We educate patients as a part of our process. We teach about what occurs during a typical chiropractic adjustment. By understanding how a chiropractor helps their situation they are able to relax and are open to treatment.

How Your Chiropractor Will Perform an Adjustment

Chiropractic care focuses on non-drug related treatment options for treating muscles and joints. Most often, a chiropractor will treat lower back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, headaches and more. Your visit will begin with a health history along with questions about your current situation or condition. A series of diagnostic tests including x-rays or an MRI will ensure that chiropractic treatment will help your condition. The series of tests will rule out any other serious conditions that require surgery or other treatment courses. Once your chiropractor has reached a diagnosis then treatment can start.

A chiropractic adjustment, also known as spinal manipulation therapy, uses controlled force with a goal to restore mobility and function. Most adjustments focus on the spine, though your chiropractor may also work on other joints. Depending on the specific adjustment technique used, the patient may hear a popping noise during the procedure. This is nothing to be afraid of. The popping noise is caused by the release of small pockets of trapped air. You may be familiar with a similar noise on a smaller scale when you crack your knuckles.

The chiropractor will use their hands, an adjustment table, or an adjustor tool during the treatment process. All adjustment actions are done with very precise accuracy and force, regardless of technique. Chiropractic treatments are very safe and effective. Adjustments also have little to no side effects. Treatment from a trained and experienced chiropractor is one of the safest non-invasive options available.

After your adjustment you may feel relief immediately. However, some patients do experience slight aching or soreness. However, this is usually caused from the muscles reacting to the spine being out of alignment and readjusting. Any discomfort will typically fade in 24 hours or less.

Benefits of Seeing a Chiropractor for Adjustment

A misaligned spine is the primary cause of most back and neck pain. This puts pressure on nerves and causes pain. It also strains the supporting muscles. Back pain may be caused from injury, through repetitive movements with poor posture, or due to the weakening of supporting muscles. By adjusting the spine and correcting the alignment patients experience increased mobility. Adjustments also reduce or eliminate pressure on nerves. Another benefit is that muscles no longer strain to correct the issues themselves, which reduces muscle stiffness and pain as well. A chiropractic adjustment can also increase blood flow to the injured area and promote a quicker recovery.

A chiropractor can also alleviate neck pain with adjustments. Long term neck stiffness and soreness can decrease your quality of life. If you suffer from neck pain then discuss your symptoms with your chiropractor. A chiropractic adjustment can also help restore range of motion and reduce pain you feel in your neck. Having a neck adjustment can also help relieve chronic headaches that can be caused from misalignment in the neck.

How effective is Chiropractic Care?

Chiropractic care is established as being both safe and effective. In fact, it is one of the most effective treatments available for most types of back pain. Seeing a chiropractor reduces the likelihood that someone suffering from back pain will need surgery. Chiropractic adjustments have shown to be equally or more effective than other treatment options. However, chiropractic treatment accomplishes the same results without any of the side effects. Patients who visit a chiropractor are also less likely to have ongoing chronic pain from their injury or condition.

Chiropractic care can also be combined with other treatment options to help ensure lasting results. For example, if an injury occurred due to poor posture, your chiropractor can help correct your posture. They may recommend exercises or stretches that will strengthen key muscles that will improve posture and reduce the odds of a reoccurring injury. While chiropractic adjustments are fantastic on their own, a chiropractor strives to help patients in all ways. The goal of chiropractic care is to ensure overall well-being of the spine and supporting muscles. They want to help you live the best life possible without having to face expensive surgery or horrible side effects of other treatment methods.

If you have any questions about care from a chiropractor, please contact A Family Chiropractic Clinic at (940) 566-0000.