How Do Chiropractic Adjustments Work?
When we think of going to a chiropractor, spinal alignment is often the first thing that comes to mind. But what exactly is a chiropractic adjustment, and how does it work?
The primary goal of a chiropractic adjustment is to realign the spine into an optimal position and reduce "subluxation" by bringing the bones of a joint back to a natural fit. Proper alignment of your spine puts less stress on your neck and back, as well as the rest of your body, and has been known to decrease pain along with many other symptoms. Chiropractic adjustments are often referred to as chiropractic manipulations, manual manipulations, back adjustments or spinal adjustments.
How Does a Chiropractor Perform a Chiropractic Adjustment?
Spinal alignment is achieved through manual manipulation, wherein the chiropractor gently stretches, thrusts, and applies pressure as they see fit until the spine is more optimally aligned. Chiropractors are trained and licensed to apply various techniques in order to provide individualized chiropractic care. They will begin with a full "needs assessment" prior to treatment. Once a plan of action is determined, they will use specific controlled forces based on your pain points, keeping in mind any underlying conditions. As a patient, the only difference you will feel is in the level of pressure applied and the speed of application. Your chiropractor is likely to utilize one of the most common chiropractic techniques, involving a strong directional thrust directly into the joint. As pressure is released from the joints, there will be an audible "pop" or "crack," which is nothing more than air escaping the affected area. Upon this release, you should feel immediate relief. Some patients experience slight discomfort during or after their chiropractic adjustment, but most do not describe it as painful.
Who Does Chiropractic Adjustment Benefit?
The most common ailments patients seek spinal realignment for are neck pain and back pain, however, people look to chiropractic adjustments for many reasons, some which may come as a surprise. For example, fibromyalgia and kyphosis (a spinal disorder where the spine can curve abnormally) may be treated with proper chiropractic care.
Some conditions that chiropractic adjustments may help with are:
- Sudden or persistent headaches
- Neck and/or back pain
- Stiff or sore muscles
- Joint aches
- Arthritis of osteoarthritis
- Spinal stenosis
Chiropractic adjustments may also help if you have recently experienced any of the following:
- Sports injury
- Slipped or herniated disk
- Car accident
In the Mississauga area and feel that chiropractic adjustments could be right for you? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Lanoue to discuss your personalized treatment plan today.
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