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Posted on 01-18-2016

What is a Chiropractic Adjustment or Manipulation?

Male in Wyoming suffering from back pain

Back pain is an extremely common phenomenon that affects millions of people around the world--up to 80% of us are expected to have at least one episode of back pain in our lifetime. Typically, chiropractors are one of the first healthcare professionals sought for treatment of back pain. Chiropractors find the cause of this pain. 

We are also concerned with what this pain means and how the cause or nerve pressure is affecting your overall health.  Chiropractors examine, evaluate, and treat physical dysfunction by using natural and drug-free methods. One such method is known as a chiropractic adjustment or spinal manipulation.  

What is a chiropractic adjustment? 

A chiropractic adjustment is a therapeutic technique that relieves pain and promotes healing. When performing an adjustment, a chiropractor uses his/her hands or a special device to apply a controlled force to a spinal joint. The type of force used, including the direction and speed, depends on the type of adjustment used. Conditions treated include whiplash, acute joint locking, and muscle spasms. The back does not have to audibly "crack" in order for an adjustment to work.

Chiropractic adjustments work as a healing technique for several reasons. Adjustments can help realign the joints of the spine and restore normal mobility. Science shows that chiropractic adjustments restore neuro pathways in the nervous system, reducing or eliminating pain in the spine and improving the communication from the brain to the body.  This improved communication improves function of the organs at that level thereby improving your health. 

For maximum effect, chiropractors use spinal adjustments in conjunction with other therapeutic techniques including massage, postural re-education and exercise. 

Is spinal manipulation safe? 

Yes, spinal manipulation is safe, and risks of complications are extremely low. Sometimes, mild after effects may occur, such as tenderness in the treatment area, but these typically resolve within 1 to 2 days. 

Prior to any treatment, a chiropractor will carefully assess and evaluate each patient in order to determine if he or she may be appropriate for a chiropractic adjustment. 

Struggling with back pain? Visit your Wyoming, MI Chiropractor first

If you're interested in learning more about chiropractic adjustments and other services, call Chiropractic First today to speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable staff members.

Have you seen a chiropractor for adjustment or manipulations?

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