The top 9 FAQs about chiropractic adjustments

Female chiropractor using the Activator Method of chiropractic adjustment on a man lying face down on a table

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Chiropractic adjustments are one of the most common treatments used in chiropractic care. But what are they? Are they suitable for you? How long do they last? In this blog post, we will answer all of these questions and more! We will discuss the top 9 frequently asked questions about chiropractic adjustment and explain how chiropractors use adjustments to improve your health and well-being.

1. What is a chiropractic adjustment?

A chiropractic adjustment uses a specific force in a precise direction to restore joint motion. The pressure is applied using the hands or a small instrument. The goal of an adjustment is to improve or restore normal movement and function.

During an adjustment, you may feel a popping or cracking sound. The popping is caused by gas bubbles being released from the joint. This sound is not harmful. Adjustments are generally low-risk and effective for most people.

2. Are chiropractic adjustments good for you?

Yes! Chiropractic adjustments are an effective treatment for many different conditions. They can help to relieve pain, improve range of motion, reduce inflammation, and even prevent injuries from occurring in the first place.

However, some conditions may make an adjustment unsafe. Be sure to tell your chiropractor if you have any existing conditions. If you have questions or concerns about whether an adjustment is right for you, be sure to speak with your chiropractor.

3. What are the side effects of chiropractic adjustments?

A chiropractic adjustment’s most common side effect is soreness or tenderness in the treated area. Soreness is usually temporary and will resolve itself within a day or two. Some people may also experience mild headaches, fatigue, or dizziness after an adjustment. These side effects are not typically harsh and will subside with time.

4. How long does chiropractic adjustment last?

The effects of a chiropractic adjustment can last for days, weeks, or even months. However, the length of time will vary depending on the individual and the treatment condition. If you are receiving regular adjustments for maintenance care, you may notice that the intervals between adjustments gradually become longer as your body continues to heal itself.

5. Which parts of the body can your chiropractor adjust?

The spine is the most common target of adjustments because it’s the foundation of the musculoskeletal system. However, your chiropractor can perform adjustments on other joints, such as the following:

  • neck
  • chest
  • shoulder
  • hip
  • elbow
  • knee
  • wrist
  • ankle, and
  • jaw.

Each of these joints has a specific adjustment designed to improve the range of motion and relieve pain.

Trained professionals, such as a chiropractor, make adjustments. However, some people may also be able to self-adjust certain joints. If you are considering getting an adjustment, it is essential to speak with a qualified healthcare provider to determine which method is best for you.

5. What are the most common adjustment methods and techniques?

There are various chiropractic adjustments, and the chiropractor will select the type of adjustment that best suits the patient’s needs. The most common chiropractic adjustments are:

The Diversified Technique

The Diversified Technique is a chiropractic adjustment that manually applies pressure to the spine’s joints. This technique is often used to treat subluxations or misalignments of the spine.

The Diversified Technique aims to restore normal alignment and functioning of the spine. This technique is based on the premise that misalignments of the spine can cause interference with nerve signals and result in pain and other health problems.

By restoring normal alignment, the Diversified Technique can help improve nerve function and alleviate pain. In addition, this technique can also help improve range of motion and flexibility.

Spinal Mobilisation

Spinal mobilisation is a type of chiropractic adjustment that is used to treat restricted movement in the spine. This procedure aims to restore normal mobility and function to the spine. This is accomplished by gently moving the vertebrae into their proper position.

Spinal mobilisation can be performed on both the upper and lower back. Usually, a series of adjustments are needed to achieve long-term results. Some people may experience mild discomfort during or after the procedure, but this is typically short-lived. 

The Gonstead Method

The Gonstead technique is a specific chiropractic adjustment procedure developed by Dr Clarence Gonstead. It is known for being an exact and gentle form of chiropractic care. The Gonstead technique involves gently realigning the spine using the hands without any popping or cracking of the joints.

This method is based on the theory that misaligned spinal bones can pressure nerves, causing pain and other health problems. By correcting these misalignments, the Gonstead technique can help to relieve pain and improve overall health.

The Gonstead technique is often used to treat headaches, neck pain, back pain, and other musculoskeletal disorders. If you seek a gentle and effective form of chiropractic care, the Gonstead technique may be right for you.

The Activator Method

The Activator Method was developed in the 1960s by Dr Arlan Fuhr, a type of chiropractic adjustment that uses a small, hand-held device to deliver a low-force impulse to the dysfunctional joint. The impulse activates the muscles surrounding the joint, promoting realignment.

The Activator Method is often used to treat back pain, neck pain, and headaches. In addition, the technique effectively treats temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. Your TMJ connects your jawbone to your skull.

The Activator Method is often effective for people of all ages and is frequently used on children and pregnant women. The technique is simple and easy to learn, making it a popular choice for many chiropractors.

Flexion Distraction

Flexion distraction is a chiropractic adjustment to treat herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, and other spine-related conditions. The adjustment involves applying gentle pressure to the spine while the patient is lying face down on a specialised chiropractic table. The pressure helps to decompress the discs and reduce pressure on the nerves.

The Thompson Technique

The Thompson Technique, also known as the Drop Technique, is a specialised chiropractic adjustment developed by Dr J. Clay Thompson in the 1950s. The technique involves using a special table that allows the chiropractor to quickly and accurately target specific vertebrae for adjustment. The table also provides leverage, which allows the chiropractor to generate greater force with less effort.

The technique is particularly well suited for treating back pain, neck pain, and headaches. It can also address other musculoskeletal problems such as sciatica and TMJ disorders. If you seek chiropractic care for any of these conditions, you may ask your practitioner if the Thompson Technique is right for you.

Extremity Manipulation

Extremity manipulation is a chiropractic adjustment used to treat conditions affecting the extremities’ bones, muscles, and joints. The extremities include the arms, legs, hands, and feet.

Extremity manipulation is a gentle yet effective way to relieve pain and restore mobility. It is often used to treat carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, tendonitis and bursitis. In addition, extremity manipulation can help to improve range of motion and reduce inflammation.

6. Do chiropractic adjustments hurt?

One of the most common questions people ask about chiropractic care is, “Do chiropractic adjustments hurt?” The answer to this question is complex, as it can depend on several factors, including the specific technique used and the person’s individual pain tolerance. In general, however, the answer is no.

While brief discomfort after an adjustment can occur, it is rare, and most people find having an adjustment very relaxing. You may sometimes feel or hear a popping sound from the spinal joints with some adjustments. This is caused by a change in pressure in the joint as spinal movement is improved.

Ultimately, chiropractic care aims to improve your overall well-being, and the long-term benefits should outweigh any temporary discomfort you may experience.

7. How frequently do you need an adjustment?

Adjustments are usually made over a series of visits. The number of visits will depend on the individual and the treated condition. Some people may need only a single adjustment, while others may require multiple visits. Once the condition has improved, your chiropractor may recommend maintenance care adjustments to prevent the recurrence of the problem.

8. How much does an adjustment cost?

The cost of chiropractic care will depend on several factors, such as the number of visits required and the specific treatment used. Many insurance plans cover at least some portion of chiropractic care. Be sure to check with your insurance provider to see what coverage you have.

9. What are the benefits of a chiropractic adjustment?

There are many benefits of chiropractic adjustment. We have listed the top eight below:

  • Reduced pain
  • Improved range of motion
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Improved nerve function
  • Increased joint mobility
  • Increased flexibility
  • Decreased stress
  • Improved overall health and well-being.

If you are experiencing pain or have a limited range of motion, a chiropractic adjustment may be able to help.

Many people find relief from chronic pain and improved health and well-being after starting chiropractic adjustments. Call today for a consultation if you’re ready to try an adjustment.

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