What Happens During a Chiropractic Adjustment?
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What Happens During a Chiropractic Adjustment?

If you’ve had a nagging pain or some sort of persistent issue with your neck or back, you may be a candidate for a chiropractic adjustment. All told, there’s only so much that pain pills can do, and heading in for surgery may be a step too far if you just want to get that pain and other symptoms under control. By seeing a trained chiropractic specialist, you may be able to find relief without surgery, drugs or other solutions that often come with considerable side effects.

Using their hands or a small instrument, your local chiropractor can apply pressure to your spinal joints, helping to improve spinal motion and enhance your body’s overall physical function.

Why Seek Chiropractic Adjustment?

Those that want to avoid medications and invasive surgeries after a recent car accident or a lifestyle that has led to significant back or neck pain may want to seek out chiropractic adjustment techniques that can help alleviate pain and mobility issues. Rather than suffering day after day or loading up on painkillers that can often make you feel worse and still in pain, a chiropractic adjustment can give you a new lease on life while also providing you with an effective treatment.

Chiropractic Adjustment Side Effects and Risks

While chiropractors have been helping patients reduce their back and neck pain for decades, if not centuries and millennia, there are still those that may have their doubts about the effectiveness of chiropractic adjustment, as well as the risks. However, chiropractic adjustments are safe when performed by a licensed and trained chiropractor. That said, complications are possible, even if they’re exceedingly rare.

If you have a herniated disk or compression in the nerves in the lower spinal column, you may want to discuss your options with your chiropractor. The same goes for if you’ve suffered a stroke after some kind of neck manipulation, such as in an accident. Special care will be needed on behalf of your chiropractor, and you may even want to discuss it further with your doctor.

As for times when you should not seek out chiropractic adjustment, it’s important to know that sometimes it should be avoided altogether. If you have severe osteoporosis, numbness or tingling in an extremity, cancer of the spine, an elevated risk of stroke or a known bone abnormality in the neck, you may need to exercise your other options. For everyone else, a chiropractic adjustment is a safe and reliable way to get relief from pain and enhance your mobility.

During a Chiropractic Adjustment

Whether it’s your first visit to a chiropractor or merely your next, there’s little to worry about for your appointment. You won’t have to prepare or do anything on your own prior to the visit other than to make the appointment, and once you arrive you’ll have a few minutes to discuss your concerns, pains and other issues with the chiropractor before starting. You may also run through some tests or exams. 

If you want, you can watch chiropractic adjustment videos online before your visit to get familiar with the proceedings.

During the chiropractic adjustment, your chiropractor will position you for specific treatments, often having you lie face down on a padded table. Using their hands and possibly a chiropractic adjustment tool, the chiropractor will apply controlled and sudden forces to your joints, which may result in a crack or pop. If you’ve ever cracked your knuckles, you’ll know what to expect. Basically, the joints are pushed beyond their range of motion until they ‘pop’ and release, and that can help reduce pain and inflammation in the area.

After the procedure is done, you may experience some side effects for a few days, such as headaches, pain and fatigue. But after a few days you should start to feel much better, if not immediately.

If you’re interested in how a chiropractic adjustment can help you, contact the experts at Echiro Plus. We’re located in Jonesboro, GA, and we hope to hear from you soon. Contact us to schedule an adjustment today!

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