Chiropractic adjustment is the process where trained specialists known as chiropractors apply a controlled, sudden force to a spinal joint using a small instrument or their hands. The aim of this procedure, also known as spinal manipulation, is to improve the movement of the spinal cord and improve the physical function of your body.
When is it done?
The most common conditions with which people try chiropractic
Chiropractic adjustment is safe when somebody qualified and
certified to deliver chiropractic treatment is performing it.
Serious chiropractic adjustment associated complications
are usually uncommon but can include:
- A herniated disc or a prolonged disc herniation.
- Nervous compression of the lower spinal cord (cauda equina syndrome)
- Any type of stroke (dissection of the vertebral artery) following manipulation of the neck
Do not try the chiropractic adjustment in case you have:
- Serious Osteoporosis
- Numbness, tingling or loss of power in one arm or leg
- Cancer in the spine
- Increasing the risk of stroke
- A known upper neck bone abnormality
How you prepare
Before a chiropractic adjustment, no special preparation is required.
Chiropractic care may include a series of visits to the chiropractor, but in six to 10 visits, most people experience maximum improvement. Many health care plans cover chiropractic therapy, but you may want to test how many services are provided over a given amount of time.
What to expect
Your chiropractor will ask about your health condition at your first appointment and then conduct a physical test, paying particular regard to your spine. Often, your chiropractor may recommend other tests or examinations, such as X-rays. Your chiropractor will put you in specific positions for a standard chiropractic adjustment for the treatment of affected areas. Sometimes on a specially built, lined chiropractic table you are put lying facedown. With the aid of their hands, the chiropractor applies a rapid, guiding force to a joint, moving it outside the normal range of motion. You can hear sounds popping or cracking when the chiropractor is adjusting the joints during the therapy session.
After the procedure
During a chiropractic adjustment, certain people suffer mild side effects for a few days. These may include headaches at the back of the head, fatigue or pain in treated parts of the body.
Chiropractic adjustment can be useful in treating lower back pain, but most of the work done indicates only a modest benefit — similar to more conventional treatment outcomes. Many studies show that manipulation of the spinal cord could also be beneficial for headaches and other spinal disorders, such as back pain. Not everyone responds to adjustments in chiropractic terms. Everything depends on what your situation is like. Chiropractic adjustment may not be the right choice for you if your symptoms don’t appear to improve after several weeks of therapies.