Chiropractic adjustments correct spinal dysfunction as well as improves motion. Chiropractic adjustments can benefit those with various types of musculoskeletal pain from the wear and tear of daily activities, trauma, postural strain, repetitive movements, overuse, and prolonged immobilization. Adjustments have also been known to reduce headaches, jaw pain, carpal tunnel, sciatica and other musculoskeletal complaints.
There are many different techniques that can be used by a chiropractor during an adjustment such as high velocity, low amplitude adjustment, and spinal manipulation. During your initial exam, the doctor will discuss your ailment with you, what you hope to achieve through chiropractic care, techniques and methods that may be used during treatment.
What to Expect During Your Adjustment
During a typical chiropractic adjustment, you will be placed in specific positions to treat the affected areas. Often, you’re positioned lying face down on a specially designed, padded chiropractic table. The chiropractor uses his or her hands to apply a controlled, sudden force to a joint, pushing it beyond its usual range of motion. You may hear popping or cracking sounds as the chiropractor moves your joints during the treatment session.
The doctor may recommend other treatment approaches in combination with chiropractic adjustment, such as:
- Heat or ice
- Cupping Therapy
- Dry Needling
- Electrical stimulation
- Weight loss
The initial exam and adjustment will take on average 30 minutes with follow-up adjustments taking on average 15-20 minutes.