Do Chiropractic Adjustments Hurt?


chiropractic adjustmentsChiropractic adjustments, also known as spinal manipulations, are a procedure in which a joint is moved past its usual range of motion in daily life. The purpose of a chiropractic adjustment is to improve the way your body functions and to alleviate pain.

Adjustments are most commonly made to joints in your back, but also to joints of the neck or other parts of the body, such as the shoulders. You may be treated by a chiropractor in order to correct such conditions as:

  • Neck, back, shoulder, arm, hand, chest, leg, or foot pain and stiffness
  • Headaches
  • Sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • Trauma, such as whiplash
  • Scoliosis
  • Sports injuries
  • Repetitive strain disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia

Moving the joint beyond its range of motion sounds painful, doesn’t it?

In reality, the joint is not moved beyond the range of motion it is naturally designed to move in the body. You may feel pressure or mild discomfort, and the discomfort may be greater if there is significant inflammation or tension around the joint being treated. However, chiropractic adjustments should not be painful.

If you are new to chiropractic, you may have a harder time relaxing during the procedure than more experienced patients. If you stiffen or resist the adjustment, you may feel some discomfort. However as you get used to the procedures you should find not only that the discomfort decreases, but that you may feel relief and a sense of well-being after the adjustment is completed.

During the procedure, you will be placed in a certain position to treat the affected areas. Usually you will be lying face down on a padded table. There may be popping or cracking noises during the adjustment, as the joint is moved. These noises are the result of the release of tiny pockets of gas during the procedure, which is completely normal. In fact, its the same thing that occurs when someone cracks their knuckles.

After the procedure, you may feel some soreness or aching in the muscles or spinal joints. If it occurs, this kind of discomfort usually happens within the first few hours of treatment. It should not last longer than 24 hours (and if it does, be sure to contact your chiropractor for assistance). If you like, you can place an ice pack on the affected area which should help reduce the symptoms and help you recover more quickly.

In closing, some chiropractors use adjusting instruments instead of their hands to deliver the adjustment. The health benefits and affects from these type of adjustments are the same as hand adjustments even if the actual procedure doesn’t causes an audible sound. Matter of fact, some chiropractors and patients prefer this method over others. It really just comes down to the doctor’s philosophy, training, and preference.

References:

Chiropractic Adjustment: What you can Expect. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/chiropractic-adjustment/MY01107

Reactions Following a Chiropractic Adjustment. http://www.spine-health.com/treatment/chiropractic/reactions-following-a-chiropractic-adjustment

Dr. Samuel Ruiz is a Licensed Chiropractor in Chino and has been in practice since 2008. He not only provides chiropractic services for the residents of Chino but also Chino Hills, Ontario, Eastvale and the surrounding San Bernardino County and Inland Empire. He graduated from Ayala High School in Chino Hills and is The “Go To” Chiropractor in the Chino Valley. He takes care of adults, children and pregnant women and makes getting adjusted regularly easy, fast and affordable. People come to see Sam The Chiropractor not just for neck pain, back pain and headaches but for a variety of health issues and has clients from zip codes 91710, 91709, 91708, 91752, 92880, 91758, 91761, 91762, 91764. Sam The Chiropractor “Restoring the Doctor Within” 5370 Schaefer Ave., Chino, CA 91710. Located off Schaefer and Central next to AMPM and Farmer Boys. Walk-Ins are Welcome. and no Insurance is Required. New Client Special Includes Consult, Exam & 1st Adjustment and you can schedule your first visit directly on our website, simply walk-in during our normal office hours or by calling (909)529-1179.

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