What You Should Know About Chiropractic Adjustments

 

Chiropractic adjustments are done by chiropractors - doctors who specialize in joint, muscle, and bone pain. During a chiropractic adjustment, a licensed chiropractor uses their hands and/or special instruments to manipulate joints in your body and correct the body’s alignment to reduce pain and increase overall function. The process is also known as spinal or joint manipulation. 

What To Expect

For your first visit to the chiropractor, your medical history will be discussed, as well as a physical exam to determine the best course of treatment. Some tests may need to be completed such as X-rays, MRI, or CT scan. Once your chiropractor has your test results, they can proceed with a customized treatment plan to correct the areas of concern. 


During your adjustment, you may hear or feel slight cracks or pops, which is your joint being corrected. In addition, your chiropractor might give recommendations for other therapy methods such as diet, exercise and stretching regimens, massages, icing or heating therapy, and ways to manage stress and relax your muscles. 

Benefits of Chiropractic Adjustments

Chiropractic care can help reduce pain from headaches/migraines, neck or spine related injuries, joint pain in arms, legs and shoulders, and whiplash. More often than not, pain in these areas is caused by tight muscles. Chiropractic adjustments help to relieve tension in your muscles and joints, therefore, giving some relief to pain in these areas. 

What Are The Risks?

Some people have experienced some fatigue and soreness after their adjustment. This is normal and usually subsides after a day or two. In rare cases people have experienced herniated discs, pinched nerves and strokes. These complications are more likely to occur when visiting a chiropractor that is unlicensed. You should only allow a licensed chiropractor to evaluate you and perform your chiropractic adjustment. 

What Is The Prognosis After?

Most people experience relief almost immediately after their chiropractic adjustment. While others it might take several treatments before finding relief. The ultimate goal for chiropractic care is to get long term results, not just short term pain relief. So it’s important to communicate your day to day routine to your chiropractor in order to get the best results such as how long you sit or stand in a day, how you sleep, and how often you exercise or stretch. 


Implementing Chiropractic Care into your regular routine can help with chronic pain and get you back to doing the things you love.

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