Have you ever 'cracked' your knuckles, back or neck? Each of these is a type of 'adjustment'. In this article, we take a look at the 'chiropractic adjustment' that lies at the very heart of chiropractic treatment.
What is a chiropractic adjustment?
An 'adjustment', 'chiropractic adjustment' or 'spinal adjustment' refers to a method of manual manipulation in which a trained chiropractor applies pressure to a specific joint along the spinal column in order to realign, restore motion, relieve pain or improve function.
During an adjustment, the chiropractor applies a high-velocity (fast), but low-amplitude (shallow) thrust to the joint in question. The action is often accompanied by a 'crack' or 'pop' sound as fluid or gas is released from the joint. However, it is not necessary for an adjustment to produce a sound in order for it to be effective.
A treatment session typically consists of a series of adjustments to spinal joints relevant to the individual patient.
Are chiropractic adjustments painful?
For most patients, chiropractic adjustments are a painless and even enjoyable experience.
New patients may at first feel slight discomfort, often as a result of an instinctive tightening of the muscles, until they are able to relax during the adjustment. Regular patients often describe feelings of relief and comfort immediately after.
How can I prepare myself for a chiropractic adjustment?
Naturally, it may take a little time to feel truly at ease in the hands of your chiropractor. However, a good practitioner will talk you through the whole process during your initial consultation, which should go a long way to making you feel comfortable.
Here are a few tips for preparing yourself for a great adjustment:
Try to clear your mind of any issues from work and life.
Try to enjoy the physical sensations you experience - in much the same way as you might during a massage.
As your chiropractor is moving you into position, take a deep breath. As he/she starts to perform the adjustment, breath out slowly and continuously until the end of the procedure.
Ready to receive your first adjustment? Rin Spine Center treats patients new to chiro all the time. Book an initial treatment and consultation session and you can expect to receive a warm welcome, a thorough physical assessment and treatment in the hands of an experienced chiropractor.