Chiropractic adjustments, also known as manipulation, involve flexing a spinal joint in order to improve range of motion and relieve pain, stiffness, weakness, and other symptoms that can accompany an abnormality in the joint. Adjustments are the chiropractor’s most common procedure, and the tool he or she will likely rely on most in order to treat patients. But if you are considering visiting a chiropractor in an effort to ease your back or neck pain, what can you expect?
Why It’s Done
Your chiropractor performs adjustments as an alternative treatment for those suffering from neck and back pain, and research has shown that this type of manual manipulation can be an effective way to relieve mild to moderate pain on a temporary basis. Chiropractic adjustments stretch the joints, muscles, and ligaments in the affected area of your spine, and this stretching can potentially increase range of motion, promote blood flow, and may help relieve pain, stiffness, weakness, tingling, and other symptoms.
What You Can Expect
Adjustments are typically performed throughout an initial appointment and a number of follow-up visits in the months afterward. Before performing any adjustments, your chiropractor might use a technique called manual detection to locate the area of your spine that is causing you problems. Then, when performing adjustments, your chiropractor will quickly and gently stretch that spinal joint, often pushing it past its normal range of motion. Your chiropractor might also recommend manipulation under anesthesia, which allows stretching and mobilization of your spinal joints without the worry of tensing or wincing by the patient that might otherwise inhibit the process. You might feel and hear some cracks and pops as your chiropractor performs the adjustments, as pockets of air often found in the tissue fluid surrounding the joint burst. After the adjustments are complete, you may feel some soreness and tightness in the surrounding muscles, but there is typically an increase in range of motion, and often a temporary decrease in pain.
However, if conservative treatments like chiropractic adjustments, medications, physical therapy, exercise, massage, and others have failed to reduce your back and neck pain, contact Laser Spine Institute today. Whether your pain is the result of bone spurs, foraminal stenosis, a pinched nerve, or any of a number of degenerative spine conditions, we perform a variety of effective outpatient procedures that can help you rediscover your life without back or neck pain.