Millions of people seek the help of chiropractors annually.
Chiropractic adjustments offer a safe, non-invasive, cost-effective approach to manage and treat pain without the use of medications or surgery.
- Chiropractors practice hands-on manipulation of the body’s musculoskeletal system, with a particular focus on the spine.
- Realignment of the spine can help reduce pain and inflammation, restore joint mobility, improve posture, reduce nerve irritability, and allow the body to naturally heal itself of any damaged or inflamed areas.
Conditions That Benefit From Chiropractic Care
Chiropractors can effectively reduce or eliminate pain stemming from all parts of the body. This pain may be due to accidents, traumatic injury, repetitive-movement injuries, poor posture, arthritis, and many others. Pain may be acute or chronic in nature.
Back pain, especially of the lower back, is one of the most common reasons for visiting a chiropractor. Migraines and tension headaches, neck pain, joint pain, or pain in the arms and legs may also benefit from chiropractic adjustments.
Spinal manipulation may reduce or eliminate nerve pain and associated conditions like sciatica or carpal tunnel syndrome. Injuries to cartilage, tendons, and ligaments may also be improved. Examples include tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, sprains and strains, dislocation, frozen joints, herniated discs, and other traumatic injuries. Patients with chronic conditions such as osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia may also experience pain relief.
What To Expect
First, the chiropractor will take a detailed medical history and physical exam to determine the nature of the problem. Some practitioners will use diagnostic imaging, like X-rays, as well.
During an adjustment, the chiropractor will use his hands and body weight to apply gentle force to the affected area. There should be no pain or discomfort during the manipulation, but a cracking or popping sound may be heard. Many people misinterpret this sound to be bones cracking; however, this noise is produced when trapped gasses such as nitrogen, oxygen, and carbon dioxide are released. As the gasses escape, joint pressure is reduced. Often, a noticeable improvement may occur immediately after a manipulation.
Many times, along with manipulation, a chiropractor will utilize other holistic therapies to provide the most pain relief. Nutritional therapy, rehabilitation, electrical stimulation, hydrotherapy, heat or ice, stretching, or massage may be implemented or recommended. Education regarding proper body mechanics, healthy posture, exercise, and lifestyle changes may be provided to aid healing and help prevent future problems from arising.
For the first 24 to 48 hours following a chiropractic adjustment, there may be mild soreness or aching to the treated area. An ice pack may be helpful to reduce discomfort.
Individuals with inflammatory arthritis, osteoporosis, spinal cord compression, cancer of the spine, or anyone on blood-thinning medications may receive different recommendations for treatment.