Symptoms often prompt people to seek chiropractic adjustments. When your neck is in pain, you think a neck adjustment will treat the pain or headaches you’re experiencing. But you’re wrong.

OK, ok… Confused? Let us break it down. Consider your car key. Your key doesn’t make your car move, instead it unlocks the potential engineered system into your car by the manufacturer. Adjustments are the same. Adjustments unlock your nervous system potential by restoring your body’s ability to function properly.

According to Spine-health, a chiropractic adjustment (also known as chiropractic, manual or spinal manipulation) refers to a Doctor of Chiropractic applying manipulation to the vertebrae that have abnormal movement patterns or fail to function normally.  Chiropractors remove subluxation, increase range of motion, reduce nerve irritability and improve function.

How Do You Prepare for an Adjustment?

You do not need to prepare for an adjustment. Chiropractic treatment may require a series of visits or you can get adjusted as maintenance every so often. Many health insurances cover chiropractic care, but it’s best to check with your insurance company and the chiropractic office to see how many times you can go in a given period.

What Can You Expect During an Adjustment?

During your adjustment, your chiropractor will place you in specific positions to treat the affected area. Your chiropractor will use his or her hands (or a instrument) to apply a controlled, sudden force to a joint, pushing it beyond its normal range of motion. A “pop” or “crack” may be heard while your chiropractor adjusts you.

Chiropractors, such as Dr. Dan, often recommend a few other therapies in combination with adjustments. Dr. Dan may suggest heat/ice, massage, stretching and Electrical stimulation (E-stim), along with exercise and diet.

What Can you Expect After an Adjustment?

Minor side effects can occur after an adjustment or a few days after such as headache or soreness in the area that was treated. More than likely you will have a broader range of motion and functionality after an adjustment. Instant relief will depend on your particular situation.

Hopefully this article gave you a better description of chiropractic adjustments. If you have any questions or concerns please email us or give us a call. Check out the American Chiropractic Associations FAQ’s about chiropractic as a reference.

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