Have You Ever Thought About How It Would Feel To Get Adjusted By A Chiropractor?
Imagining what a chiropractor might do to your back or neck can be scary if you never have been to a chiropractor. Television and gossip often paint a different picture than true reality. We often hear questions like: Will it hurt when you adjust us? Will it hurt after you adjust us? Many people originally visit a chiropractor because of some type of pain, soreness or stiffness. The thought of someone touching your sore spots is scary. Adjustments are usually easy and painfree. Many people and children talk about how good it feels to get adjusted. The good news is that we know many techniques to adjust your back even if you are in alot of pain.
Chiropractic adjustments do NOT move your joints beyond their natural range of motion. We evaluate your joints to look for areas that are restricted that can not move fully. Adjustments assist the body in restoring normal motion to your joints. This article explains how adjustments can be painless, what they feel like, what your body feels like after the adjustment, where on the body adjustments are usually made, conditions that are helped by adjustments, why you may hear a popping noise, and how adjustments can help you.
What Do Adjustments Feel Like?
Everyone is different, but usually adjustments are gentle and pain-free. Children are known for telling it like it really is. If you watch a baby or toddlers get adjusted, you will notice they don’t cry, they just smile. We have seen crying babies with colic actually stop crying after they get adjusted. As we check your spine we will find areas that are not working correctly. When joints do not work correctly pressure builds in the joints and these areas are often swollen and may feel painful. The body uses its own muscles to try to restore motion and to help stabilize or splint injured areas. People commonly ask how we knew that it hurt there. The answer is your body tells us. As joint motion is restored the muscles can relax. Adjustments release the body’s natural pain relieving chemicals called endorphins. Some people feel immediate relief of pressure and immediate improved range of motion. It is common for us to hear people tell us that their headache is gone or that they can breathe better before they even leave our office. When joints are painful and swollen it may hurt to touch them but we have many techniques to work around the painful spots.
What Does It Feel Like After The Adjustment?
Most people feel great, but some feel slight pain or soreness in the area that was adjusted. When the joints are restricted and not moving correctly some of the muscles stop working correctly. Chemicals build up in these restricted joints. As motion is restored these chemicals are released and muscles work differently. They may get sore, similar to doing a new workout for the first time. If your body is out of alignment for an extended period of time, the muscles get used to being in a certain positions and they want to pull your body back to where it used to be. As the body moves back to this incorrect position pain may return. We use the example of if you take a sliver out of your finger it feels good. If you were to put it back in that would not feel as good. Adjustments take pressure off of your nerves similar to pulling a sliver out of your finger. The best way to minimize the muscle soreness is to drink lots of water, do a few simple range of motion stretches, and use ice.
Some people feel a warming sensation throughout their body after an adjustment. This can be from restored nerve function or from an increase in vascular activity and pain relieving chemicals call endorphins being released.
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Where On The Body Do They Do Adjustments (spinal manipulations)?
The back and neck are the most common adjustment locations, but shoulders, arms, legs, hands, feet, and your chest can also be in need of relieve from pain or stiffness. You don’t even need to get undressed.
What Conditions Are Helped By Adjustments?
Although people with many different types of conditions such as scoliosis, headaches, sciatica, arthritis, whiplash, sports injuries, accident injuries, carpel tunnel, and fibromyalgia visit the chiropractor. WE DO NOT TREAT ANY SPECIFIC DISEASE! We work with the nervous system to remove interference (subluxations) to the nervous system. The nervous system controls healing in the body. This is beneficial for everyone including those with or without conditions. If you research chiropractic and any one of a number of conditions you may find research talking about how that person improved while going to the chiropractor. The nervous system controls all functions in the body, so as your nervous system works better so do you.
What Do Adjustments Do To The Anatomy?
The goal of an adjustment is to allow the nervous system to function properly. When the spine is out of alignment it alters the function of the nervous system. Adjustments restore normal range of motion to restricted joints. Adjustments often release endorphins which are the body’s natural pain killers. As restrictions are broken up, trapped toxins are released and your soft tissues may feel some soreness. As joint motion increases muscles are required to work again. This increased activity sometimes makes the muscles sore.
What About The Popping Noises?
When the joints do not work properly they wear out faster and build up pressure. As we move the joints this pressure is released. We often use the example of pressure on the inside of a pop can. When you open the top of a pop bottle we often hear a release of pressure.
What If I Don’t Like Hearing The Noise Or Having My Neck Or Back Twisted, Is There Other Ways To Get Adjusted?
Yes; we have techniques for adjusting the spine for people who do not like hearing the popping noise or feeling the twisting. We can utilize adjusting tools called an activator and an integrator to adjust your spine. This is a great option for kids who can’t relax while getting adjusted. It also works great for people with previous surgeries or disc injuries.
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