Chiropractic adjustment is a healing art that is unique to its profession. It is a method of correcting spinal problems, such as subluxation or shifts of the bones of the spine. Specific areas of the body are targeted. The procedure is given by force using the doctor’s hands, and can vary in duration, frequency, velocity and location. Chiropractic care is a healing system, which is focused on fixing blockages in the nerve pathways of the body.
Chiropractic Adjustments Methods
Several unique methods of spinal adjustment have been developed over many years of research and practice. Many of them are often combined with each other for best results in pain and stress relief. Most common ones include the following:
Lumbar Roll – The chiropractor positions the patient on their side and delivers quick thrusts to the misaligned bones. This returns them to their proper locations, and the pain relief is instant.
Toggle Drop – To improve mobility of the bones of the spine, the practitioner administers precise thrusts. The doctor uses their hands, crossed over the affected area of the spine.
Release Work – Doctors use this method to separate the vertebrae with a gentle application of pressure.
Instrument Adjustments – Doctors use a spring-loaded instrument to perform the adjustments and release the pain.
Table Adjustment – Doctors use specific thrusts, avoiding any twisting of the body, and allowing for light alterations.
During the Treatment
First, during the initial visit, we educate our patients about various techniques used to treat specific problems. Doctors manually perform treatments using hands or instruments. During this process various sounds occur, such as popping or crackling, similar to knuckle cracking. What causes the sound is a change in pressure levels within the joints. Once the doctor applies thrusting force, the doctor releases pressure, which results in a popping feeling and sound.
The chiropractic adjustments are highly controlled by the chiropractor. We spend a significant amount of time assuring every patient’s comfort and understanding of each step of the process.
What to Expect After the Treatment
Patients often notice immediate improvement after the first visit. Side effects are usually mild and may include slight headaches and minor body aches. These symptoms typically go away within 24 to 48 hours as the body relearns these changes. Regular therapy decreases the feeling of discomfort as the affected areas begin to heal and recover. The chiropractic physician determines the length of the treatment and approximate number of visits necessary to achieve optimal outcome. This depends on the results of the work and the patient’s progress. Once we finish with treatment, the patient may want to schedule routine follow-up visits to maintain the health of their spine.
When applied by a skilled doctor, chiropractic methods are effective and safe, and they can serve as a great tool in warding off various health issues. Depending on the methods used, effects will vary and may range from lowering stress to reducing muscle tension. Adjustments also change the way joints work, resulting in increased range of motion, reduced pain, and increased muscle strength.