What is a chiropractic adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment is a gentle, quick thrust to a particular joint, typically in the spine, intended to restore normal position and movement. Adjustments are important for releasing adhesions in the joint and reducing stress on the nervous system. Because of the fact that the nervous system is that master controller of all muscles and organs in the body, removing stress on the nervous system through chiropractic adjustments will frequently lead to improved health in the entire body.
How many adjustments will I need?
The total number of adjustments you need depends on five main factors:
- Your age
- Your overall health
- The severity of your condition
- How long you have had your condition
- Your ultimate health goals
If you are young, in good health and have a mild condition that occurred very recently, you will need far fewer adjustments than if you are older, in poor general health and have struggled with a problem for many years. The total number of adjustments you will need also depends on whether you are just interested in reducing the pain you are currently experiencing, or are interested in creating optimal long-term health.
Will adjustments hurt?
Usually not. There are some patients of mine who experience mild soreness after being adjusted, but this is more of the exception. Most people feel better very quickly after being adjusted.
Do patients ever report side effects or problems after using chiropractic?
Patients may or may not experience side effects from chiropractic treatment. Effects may include temporary discomfort in parts of the body that were treated, headache, or tiredness. These effects tend to be minor and disappear within one to two days.
Do I still need to see the chiropractor if my pain is gone?
It is very common for pain to disappear long before the total correction of your condition is attained. Pain is not a very good indicator of health. Often times, people are completely unaware of developing health problems because there is no pain associated with them. Consider heart disease, cancer, diabetes – the three top killers – they don’t cause any symptoms until they are very advanced. The same is true with cavities in your teeth – there is usually no pain until a cavity becomes severe. The point is that just because you are no longer experiencing pain does not mean that your problem no longer exists. It is important to continue treatment until the underlying cause of the pain is corrected.
Routine chiropractic care is one of the simplest ways to maintain the health of your body. Numerous research studies show that people who receive regular chiropractic care suffer fewer illnesses, injuries and degenerative diseases, and they report a better overall quality of life.
Chiropractic care is a safe, effective treatment for a wide range of physical complaints, such as headaches, neck pain, low back pain, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, stomach and gastrointestinal complaints, wrist, elbow and shoulder pain, knee, hip and ankle pain, scoliosis, otitis media, and a host of other problems. While most of these disorders resolve within a few weeks or months, routine chiropractic care help ensure optimal health for life.
Can Chiropractors prescribe medication?
Currently, chiropractors do not prescribe medications, although we may refer someone to another provider for prescription medication if necessary. However, in most cases, patients are better off with physical, rather than chemical, treatments for physical problems.