Chiropractic adjustments or chiropractic care is therapeutic care from a licensed chiropractor who uses their hands to manipulate the points in the body. This type of treatment is also known as joint manipulation or spinal manipulation. Chiropractic care helps correct the body’s alignment and reduce pain and how your physical body functions. 

Who Is A Chiropractor And What Do They Do?

A chiropractor is a medical professional who treats a wide variety of conditions in the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system. Chiropractors specialize in any muscle, joint and bone dysfunctions. The main reasons why you should consider visiting a chiropractor include:

  • Muscle pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches

On top of that, chiropractors treat musculoskeletal pain anywhere in the body, including your shoulder, elbows, jaws, hops, head, pelvis, knees and ankles. If you have any problem in your musculoskeletal system, a chiropractor will use alternative methods to relieve the pain other than prescribing medicine.

Some of the types of treatments you can expect from a chiropractor include:

  • Soft-tissue therapy: relaxes tight muscles, releases tension, and relieves spasms in the connective tissues.
  • Adjustments: to realign joints to decrease pain and increase the range of motion.
  • Stretches and exercise: To maintain and restore mobility and stabilit
  • Kinesio taping: it supports sprained muscles and joints as your body tries to heal.
  • Referral to integrative medical experts: If a patient needs guidance on nutrition and diet to help reduce inflammation and promote healthy living.

What Conditions Does A Chiropractic Care Help Treat?

Every patient that seeks chiropractic care has a unique reason. A lot of patients seek chiropractic care if they have the following conditions:

  • Frequent headaches
  • Arthritis
  • Healing after an accident
  • Lower back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Joint pain and dysfunction
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sciatica
  • Muscle aches or stiff muscles

They make sure that your joints are moving as they should and your surrounding muscles are functioning correctly.

What Should I Expect During A Chiropractic Adjustment?

Once you get to your chiropractor’s office, they will offer treatment based on your unique needs. This means your type of treatment may differ from a friend who has sought chiropractic care earlier.

They will ask you to lie on the chiropractic table to allow specific body parts to rise higher than others. This allows the chiropractors to apply pressure on the areas quickly.

You should also expect your chiropractor to use hands and small instruments to apply quick and controlled pressure on your joints. They might also stretch the joints in pain beyond the normal range of motion. This, in turn, help realign your vertebrae if it is slightly off-centre. It also helps release gases trapped in your joints.

Does Chiropractic Care Hurt?

You should expect little to no pain during your chiropractic adjustments. It is similar to what you may feel after a high-intensity workout. You will not feel a lot of pain during your adjustments. Your chiropractor only applies controlled force to your joints, creating a popping or cracking sound as the gas leaves your joints. Most people think that chiropractic adjustments are painful due to the sound.

What Is The Cracking Sound You Hear During A Chiropractic Adjustment?

During your adjustment at the office, you may feel a cracking sensation or popping sound. Once released from your joints, this is often caused by gases like nitrogen, oxygen and carbon dioxide.

The gases are often trapped in your joints when you move and stretch. When these gases leave your joints, you might experience the same sound when you crack your knuckles.

What Are The Benefits Of Chiropractic Care?

There is a wide range of benefits associated it chiropractic care. They include:

  • Improve posture
  • It helps reduce migraines and other neck-related headaches.
  • Reduced pain and improved the range of motion in your spine and other joints.
  • It helps reduced symptoms of chronic conditions like osteoarthritis
  • It helps treat minor spine and neck injuries, especially whiplash

No one should have to live with chronic pain. Many options are available to relieve pain to help you return to your typical day-to-day tasks. Book an appointment with Quick Med Chiropractic today. We offer various services for patients struggling with pain affecting the joints, muscles and ligaments.

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