Suffering from injuries and dealing with pain can affect your everyday life and keep you from participating in daily activities that you enjoy. However, there’s a way for you to find relief from painful joint damage and restore proper function so you can continue living the life you want to live.
Chiropractic adjustment, also known as chiropractic manipulation, is a procedure trained specialists use to correct the position of joints and improve the function of the body. Most people seek chiropractic adjustment when they’re dealing with lower back pain, neck pain, or headaches.
If you’re experiencing any of these issues, it’s time to consider visiting a professional for a chiropractic adjustment. Learn more about what you can expect from this procedure.
Before the Adjustment
During your initial visit with your physician, you’ll discuss your medical history and the symptoms you’ve been experiencing. You’ll also undergo a physical exam so your physician can determine any areas that may need specific attention. Additional tests or exams, such as X-rays, may need to be performed to ensure that all of your issues will be addressed.
Your physician will develop a specific plan to correct the cause of your pain and treat the symptoms that you’ve been experiencing. He or she will identify what methods will be most effective to alleviate your pain.
During the Adjustment
After understanding your medical history and determining the issue, your physician will perform the chiropractic adjustment. Depending on the location of your problem areas, you may lie down on a chiropractic table, sit in a specific type of chair, or stand up.
By using his or her hands or state-of-the-art tools to apply forceful motions to your joints, your doctor can move your joints into their proper place, correct the positioning, and reduce the pain that you’ve been experiencing.
Types of Chiropractic Care
There are various forms of chiropractic adjustment designed to treat different symptoms based on where in the body you’re experiencing pain. The different types of chiropractic adjustment include the following:
- Flexion distraction manipulation: This low-force treatment focuses on the lower back and hip area. Your joints will be stretched along your spine using a smooth, pumping motion.
- Manual joint manipulation: This type of treatment addresses pain in the middle back, neck, and upper and lower extremities. Your doctor will apply pressure to your joints in quick, controlled motions using sudden force to push the joints and allow them to work properly.
- Low force manipulation: This type of adjustment is a gentle approach used on elderly patients, infants and toddlers, or patients with acute pain. Slower motions with less pressure are used or there are tools to help with the adjustment.
After the Procedure
It’s common to experience some mild discomfort immediately following the procedure, such as headache, fatigue, or soreness in the area. These side effects usually dissipate within a day.
If you believe chiropractic manipulation can help you, click here to schedule an appointment with the dedicated professionals at Aligned Medical Group.
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