Chiropractic adjustments and spinal adjustments are commonly terms used by chiropractors and osteopaths to describe their methods of spinal manipulation, which often include some kind of manual treatment or manipulation of the spine. This form of treatment is not new, and has been around for many years, but it has only been recently that chiropractic medicine has found a successful way to provide their patients with real, positive benefits. Chiropractic adjustments and spinal manipulations are usually offered in a variety of different settings, including offices, and sometimes even home offices. Chiropractic services and treatments have been growing in popularity for many years, primarily because they provide a natural, non-invasive method for treating a wide variety of conditions and illnesses, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, headaches, poor posture, carpal tunnel syndrome, asthma, earaches, and many other common problems. Chiropractic is also a great alternative to traditional medicine when the conventional treatment is considered to be too harsh, or to prevent the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
The principle behind chiropractic medicine is that the body’s musculoskeletal system is not functioning properly. There are several possible reasons why this could occur, but the most common is the normal wear and tear on the spine as a result of daily activities. If the spine no longer has the proper support and alignment, then it will begin to experience stress and strain, which can lead to a number of musculoskeletal issues. A chiropractor can effectively diagnose and treat these issues with adjustments and manipulations, which will allow the spine to regain its proper function and allow it to heal itself.
Some common techniques that are used by chiropractic doctors include spinal manipulation and low amplitude manipulation. Spinal manipulation is commonly referred to as a manual therapy and is commonly performed on an outpatient basis. During a spinal manipulation or low amplitude adjustment, a chiropractor will often manually apply pressure to the spine in order to release tight areas and encourage healing. This type of treatment can take anywhere from five to sixty minutes, depending upon the severity of the issue.
Chiropractic adjustments may also be referred to as a chiropractic break. During a chiropractic break, the patient typically does not feel pain, however they may experience muscle spasms, weakness, numbness, and/or neck pain. In some cases, patients may experience lightheadedness, dizziness, sweating, or a sensation that their limbs are becoming tingly. Chiropractic breaks are generally fifteen minutes each and may include muscle relaxation exercises and/or deep muscle stimulation.
Chiropractic science includes many different theories, and much of the science behind chiropractic manipulation is based on scientific evidence. Most mainstream medicine, aside from radiation therapy, falls under the category of “complementary and alternative medicine”. While chiropractic therapies have been around for hundreds of years, scientific evidence has become more available and accepted in recent years. Chiropractic adjustments and related therapies have been found to be effective for some people, while others experience little change or even negative changes. It is important to discuss any concerns you have with your doctor before starting any type of therapy. Your doctor can give you information regarding the scientific evidence supporting chiropractic manipulation as well as provide information on how to make an informed decision about this therapy for yourself.
Chiropractic adjustments are not considered a cure, and patients should not expect to return to normal or a previous level of activity after the procedure. Chiropractic treatments should only be used as a method of relief for symptoms and not to attempt to cure a disease or condition. The pain felt as a result of a spinal joint manipulation is not unlike the pain felt as a result of an injury or surgery. With that said, it is possible that chiropractic adjustments may help alleviate some conditions such as neck pain, but if the condition cannot be helped by regular chiropractic treatments, then surgery might be necessary to correct the problem. Chiropractic should not be considered a substitute for regular medical care. If you experience any type of discomfort, it is recommended that you speak with your primary care doctor immediately for a proper diagnosis and treatment.