A chiropractic adjustment, also known as chiropractic manipulation, manual manipulation, or spinal manipulation, is a common therapy for lower back pain. Using manipulation to treat subluxations is the main objective of a chiropractic adjustment. This treatment aims at restoring the proper functioning and curvature of the spine to reduce nerve irritation and alleviate stiffness.
Chiropractic adjustments often involve the use of a high-velocity, short lever arm thrust to affect a vertebra, an audible release of gas that occurs when the oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide are let go from the spine to emancipate joint pressure, as well as relief most typically, although minor discomfort has been reported (short term).
As mentioned above, the most commonly observed response to a chiropractic adjustment is aching or soreness in the spinal joints or muscles. However, if this pain occurs following treatment, it is usually within the first few hours and resolves within 24 hours after treatment. Rinse the area with ice, and your discomfort should decrease quickly.
Frequently Asked Questions
Most patients hear a puncturing or crackling sound while undergoing spinal manipulation. It is not harmful, and it’s usually not painful. The noise results from gas and fluids flowing through your spine. Your body needs the fluid in your spine to keep things from rubbing together.
You may be afraid that chiropractic care is a habit-forming treatment. However, evidence shows that our bodies are not actually addicted to spinal manipulation. If you stop receiving regular chiropractic care, your spine will return to its original condition. This is not due to treatment dependence, though. Your spine typically remains misaligned if you do not change your lifestyle.
We do not recommend performing your own spinal adjustments. You could cause damage to your spine or make your symptoms even worse. Contact us if you feel that chiropractic adjustments may be the next step for you.
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