A Complete Guide to Chiropractic Adjustments

May 16, 2022

Bob Sharma

Chiropractic methods may appear scary or threatening, but they are quite the opposite. In the hands of a highly educated, licensed chiropractic practitioner, chiropractic adjustments have been proven to be both safe and effective.

To readjust your spine to alleviate pain and suffering, your chiropractor will apply pressure to joints in your body. Seeking out chiropractic treatment is a great way to supplement your regular medical care.

What’s a chiropractic adjustment?

A chiropractic adjustment is a non-invasive medical treatment in which a trained specialist applies controlled pressure to a spinal joint with their hands, or sometimes with a handheld medical device. The purpose of spinal manipulation is to facilitate spinal mobility and physical function. Patients often seek chiropractic adjustment to relieve back and neck pain.

Chiropractic adjustments are also less expensive than other back pain treatment options. You will be able to ease both minor and chronic discomfort while saving money on medical bills.

Do adjustments hurt?

An adjustment involves little to no discomfort. You may hear snaps and cracks, but there should be no severe pain. If you were not in discomfort before the adjustment, you probably would not be afterward.

Some patients may suffer mild pain or minor aches following a chiropractic visit. Your chiropractor may make further adjustments depending on your pain and symptoms. After the adjustment, your chiropractor will recommend some easy aftercare measures for you to do at home, such as applying ice packs or heat pads to the treated area to assist you in managing your pain.

What is the noise I hear during an adjustment?

When undergoing chiropractic care, you are guaranteed to hear a few popping sounds. Do not be alarmed, for this is entirely normal.

The popping sound is caused by tiny air pockets accumulated in the joints. As your chiropractor is performing the adjustment, they are essentially releasing the air from joints in the spine, thus lowering the amount of pressure.

When your joint tissues are undergoing a chiropractic adjustment, all that stretching will produce the infamous cracking sound you often hear during a visit to a chiropractor. You may notice increased mobility in your back after this treatment.

Are adjustments safe?

Acute lower back pain caused by moving heavy furniture, or after experiencing a workout injury, can be treated with chiropractic care, which is usually considered safe and effective. Studies have proven that chiropractic therapy aids neck discomfort and headaches. Furthermore, osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia could react positively to the mild pressure employed by chiropractors and deep tissue massage practitioners.

Serious side effects from chiropractic adjustments are uncommon. However, they can include a herniated disc or aggravation of an existing disc herniation or nerve compression in the lower spine. After neck manipulation, very rarely, a specific form of stroke may occur.

Book Your Next Appointment With Us Today!

Park Place Clinic, based in Vancouver, is delighted to offer chiropractic care and acupuncture to help you reduce pain and improve your overall health and wellness. We will create a fully customized chiropractic and wellness program for you at our clinic, using non-invasive yet highly effective treatment options.

Call us to book your first session at (604) 646-6699 or send us an email through our contact page. Do not hesitate to make an appointment if you are suffering from soreness, constant headaches, limited range of motion, or have recently suffered a sports injury.