Chiropractic care has long been considered a highly effective complementary therapy that can be successfully utilized to help alleviate pain in the body, particular that which affects our back and joints. Chiropractic care is performed by trained specialists, in the comfort of a non-medical setting to help you feel calm and relaxed.
Chiropractic adjustments are the name given to the manipulations and movements carried out during a chiropractic appointment. The purpose of any chiropractic adjustment is to affect or correct the alignment, motion and/or function of a vertebral joint. In doing so, they prompt the release of natural pain-relieving endorphins that help to alleviate patient discomfort while also freeing up the joints for better and easier range of movement.
Chiropractic adjustments have been found to be beneficial in treating a variety of neuromuscular disorders. These include the following:
General back pain in any part of the back
Repetitive strain injuries (RSI)
Injuries sustained as a result of a trauma such as a car accident
Injuries sustained from participating in sport
There are several different types of chiropractic adjustment that may be performed. Which you will experience will depend on your individual requirements and will be discussed with you ahead of the adjustments being carried out.
The most common form of chiropractic adjustment, manual joint manipulation involves sudden, controlled movements to various parts of your body with the intention of treating pain that you experience in the middle lumbar, neck and upper and lower extremities. You will find that you are pushed and pulled to achieve the correct manipulation and some patients might find this experience uncomfortable although it shouldn’t be especially painful.
If you are older or in severe pain, your chiropractor may recommend low force manipulations. As their name suggests, these are adjustments that require much less pressure and are performed more slowly and carefully. They will still contribute towards achieving the desired effect, but the results may not be evident as quickly and more sessions may be required. Low force manipulations are also recommended for children who require chiropractic adjustments.
Flexion distraction manipulations also use low levels of force, making them suitable for older people, children or those who are suffering with serious levels of pain. This type of adjustment focuses on alleviating pain and other issues that affect the lower back and hips, such as sciatic pain.
Although non-invasive, it is very important that you take proper care of yourself after a chiropractic adjustment as this will help your body to heal properly. It is normal to be in mild discomfort after a chiropractic adjustment and many patients choose to take over the counter pain relief to counteract this effect. Headaches, tiredness and generalized soreness are also common side effects, although they should alleviate within 24 hours of your appointment.
If you would like more information about chiropractic adjustments, please don’t hesitate to get in to contact with our offices where our experienced chiropractic care team would be happy to offer their advice.