Chiropractic adjustments are a great tool to improve bodily function. It works by healing and restoring the proper function of the spine and nervous system through physical adjustments. This is achieved by repairing the alignment of displaced spinal bones or vertebrae, similar to the way doctors replace a dislocated shoulder. To carry out this procedure, you need to be a certified medical professional who is trained in the performance of chiropractic adjustments一otherwise known as a chiropractor!
Adjustments are often applied to fixated joints, or those that have locked up and no longer move properly. As the procedure is taking place, the joints and bones in your spine will be manipulated back into their proper position, which is why chiropractic adjustments are also called spinal manipulations.
Most people in the Brandon and Valrico areas have heard of chiropractors before, but did you know that adjustments have been increasing in popularity for years? It’s true! Chiropractic care is quickly becoming a go-to treatment for patients suffering from a myriad of ailments, including neck pain, vertigo, migraines and more.
Why Would I Need A Chiropractic Adjustment?
A couple reasons. Perhaps you’ve been dealing with chronic pain in your back or neck for years, and no longer get the same relief from over-the-counter medication. Maybe you feel like your body’s range of motion is surprisingly limited and it’s affecting your daily life. You could also have suffered a recent injury, resulting in whiplash or other physical discomfort, and are unsure of how to get the assistance you need.
Chiropractic care can help with any of the above situations. Though it is most commonly associated with issues of neck or back pain, research has shown chiropractic adjustments are useful in treating pain associated with multiple other ailments as well.
It’s also possible that you don’t have need of chiropractic care, but it could provide you with a lot of relief that you wouldn’t find otherwise. Chiropractic care is popular for a number of reasons, but one of the most compelling is that it offers holistic pain relief. This means there’s no invasive procedure or prescription medication to worry about.
Maybe you’ve recently slept wrong and are experiencing acute neck pain.
Head in to our office and speak to one of our doctors; they can take a look at whatever is bothering you and suggest the best treatment options. Best of all, chiropractors aim to treat the whole body with attention paid to the root of many problems: the spine. An adjustment may do more than relieve your pain, it can also reduce stress and improve immune system functioning.
Why Are Chiropractic Adjustments Effective?
Chiropractic care works by applying a multi-level approach to each specific case. First, your doctor will ask that you fill out a comprehensive health history form and then ask you specific questions about your past. This is so they can get a better idea of how to proceed with treatment. After that, an examination your physical movements, posture, and the shape of your spine will take place. From there, your doctor will create a personalized approach to the treatment of your ailments.
During adjustments, physical pressure is placed on your body to realign the spine, joints, and vertebrae. At Current Chiropractic, we utilize a mixture of over 100 different adjustments to attend to a number of different ailments. Not all neck adjustments are created equal, which is why a personalized approach is necessary for the safety of the patient.
There are many different techniques and some have more risks involved then other more gentle and precise corrections. A range of force can be applied, depending on the severity of the case. This is why our doctors have each gone through years of extensive medical training to receive their certification as a chiropractor.
Chiropractic care is especially effective for bodies that have suffered injury. Injuries in the spine can disrupt or negatively impact the nerves and nervous system inside the spine and cause negative effects on your health beyond just pain and discomfort. Traditional chiropractors focus on reducing pain, reducing muscle spasm and increasing range of motion.
A neurostructural chiropractic approach, like that of our doctors at Current Chiropractic, looks to correct the underlying cause (Primary Condition) of the patient’s issue to achieve a long term result. The ultimate goal is to fix, heal and stabilize spinal injuries and create independence for our patients so that our relationship becomes more like a dentist and we do very infrequent spinal check ups to make sure what has been fixed stays fixed.
What Does A Chiropractic Adjustment Feel Like?
A question we get asked a lot is, “What should I expect?” (Check out this page for more info)
When you visit a chiropractor, you will be directed to a table where you’ll lie face down. Then your doctor will take steps to relax your muscles prior to adjustment for the best possible effects. This can be done via massage or electrical stimulation. Finally, they will use their hands to adjust your neck and spine, relieving joints of built up tension. At first, it may be feel uncomfortable since the sensation will be new. There is also likely going to be some popping sounds, which are nothing to stress over. Popping results from the movement of bubbles of pockets of air and are completely normal during a chiropractic adjustment.
Chiropractic adjustment realign or change the structure of the spine so the body must adapt to the new position, which can create soreness and new stiffness, but should be temporary. If you ever feel discomfort, speak to your doctor. They will assure you that the feeling will fade over time, but it’s good for them to know exactly how your body is reacting at each step.
Is It Right for Me?
Chiropractic care has helped millions find relief, but it’s not for everyone. To truly know if chiropractic adjustments are right for you, come in to our Brandon/Valrico office for a complimentary consultation. Some chiropractors will adjust your spine too hard and too often, which can have a negative effect. A properly placed and timed adjustment is always beneficial.
A highly skilled and specialize chiropractor can help people with extremely serious pain and health conditions. It is some of the most effective treatments available if done correctly. Like any other profession there are good and bad chiropractors. We aim to be as capable and honest as we can with our patients. It’s our duty to make sure your body is cared for in the best way possible.
How Do I Prepare For An Adjustment?
There is no formal preparation for a chiropractic adjustment, but we recommend that you keep an open mind before coming into the office. There are a lot of misconceptions about chiropractic care that we try to debunk every day! The best way for you to find out what chiropractic care entails and why millions have turned to it as a comprehensive pain management system is to come in and see for yourself.
Another piece of information to keep in mind is that chiropractic care isn’t a one-time fix. To truly see results, you’ll want to make regular visits. The frequency of these visits are dependent on the each case and something that your doctor will discuss with you during a consultation.
How Does It Feel After My First Adjustment?
Following the first couple sessions, you might feel some soreness and discomfort. This is normal and not something to stress over. If pain or discomfort feels persistent, however, feel free to get in touch with our office or schedule a time to visit.
What Else Can I Do?
If you are interested in making the most of your treatment, there are additional steps that you can take. This includes things like massages and exercise. Getting a massage will relax your muscles and allow more time for your spine to maintain its adjusted position. Once the tension returns to your muscles, your spine may be forced into an misalignment.
Regular exercise is also very beneficial to your spinal health. Western society is becoming more sedentary, which is negatively affected our posture and creating issues for our body’s functioning. Just an hour of exercise a day has been shown to improve the alignment on your spine.
Finally, don’t wait! Often for patients of chiropractors, proactivity has a hugely beneficial effect on the overall therapy. You don’t want to allow these issues to compound on top of one another.
Chiropractic care is a fast-growing remedy to pain and discomfort within the body. Some chiropractors focus on temporary relief, while others create treatment schedules to provide long term corrections. A chiropractors goal should always be to get you to your very best and help you maintain those improvements. We at Current Chiropractic firmly believe in that position. Come in for a complimentary consultation to get a better idea of chiropractic care and whether our office is right for you.