A chiropractic adjustment is a procedure in which chiropractors use their hands and other objects to apply sudden force to the spinal joint.
Your chiropractor knows exactly where to apply the pressure so you feel maximum pain relief.
The purpose of a chiropractic adjustment is to correct the body’s alignment. When your spine is in correct alignment, you stand up straighter, feel less pain, have experience greater mobility.
Everyday life creates plenty of opportunities for your spine to be out of alignment. The way you stand, sit, carry things, past injuries, all of it contributes toward one foot turning out more than another, or a hip jutting out slightly. These are common and aren’t noticeable to most people.
However, a chiropractor knows what to look for and how these subtle body movements can impact the way you feel.
For example, imagine you have chronic neck and shoulder pain. After a few questions, it’s clear you need a better workspace and awareness of your posture while working at the computer. An ergonomic desk setup can work wonders for your pain relief.
A chiropractor’s goal is to gently realign your joints. By doing so, you experience a better range of motion. Adjustments are painless and many patients feel immediate pain relief.
A Chiropractic Adjustment Can Help:
- Relieve chronic back pain
- Carpal Tunnel symptoms
- Neck pain
- Even Allergies
Are chiropractic adjustments safe?
Licensed and experienced professionals perform chiropractic adjustments. Adjustments are considered safe when performed in the right setting and performed by a properly trained professional.
Research shows that serious events following a chiropractic adjustment are rare. Of course, while chiropractic adjustments are considered safe, they’re not recommended for patients with osteoporosis, spine cancer, spine deformities, and other serious conditions that require the patient to undergo surgery. If you are a patient who has any of the mentioned conditions, it is suggested that you consult with your general practitioner before scheduling your first chiropractic visit.
What does a chiropractic adjustment feel like?
If you are worried about pain—don’t worry, it won’t hurt. A safe and effective chiropractic adjustment is painless and quick. Depending on your level of tension there might be some level of discomfort, but the temporary discomfort will be worth the after. The minute tension you feel momentarily is worth it, especially for patients who come in with excruciating pain. You will feel an almost immediate sense of relief and a boost of mobility.
You may hear cracking and popping sounds as the chiropractor makes adjustments—don’t get nervous this is normal. If you have ever wondered why this popping or cracking occurs, the answer is simple. A suctioning force between two joints causes pressure, and once the air stuck between them is released, it causes the popping or cracking noise.
Think about the release of tension you feel when your back or neck unexpectedly crack. Now imagine how great it feels when a professional releases this unwanted tension from all over your body.
How long does a chiropractic adjustment last?
A typical chiropractic adjustment lasts 15-30 minutes. Your first visit will be a bit longer to cover your medical history and x-ray. Once Dr. Jeff assesses your body, he’ll suggest a treatment plan.
Many patients even choose to schedule adjustments during their lunch breaks as they are brief and refreshing. Be prepared to schedule multiple sessions. Although you will feel great after each session; for long-term results, you will need to schedule multiple visits.
If you’d like to see how a chiropractic adjustment can help you feel better and reduce chronic pain, please visit us in Doylestown, Pa. You can even take an office tour here.