What is Chiropractic Adjustment?
Chiropractic adjustment can be known as several different things, spinal manipulation, spinal adjustment, or chiropractic manipulation. It is a very common treatment for individuals who suffer from pain in the lower back. The therapy performed on the patients applies manipulation to the vertebrae of the individuals that have strange movement patterns or fail to function normally. The point of this treatment is an attempt to reduce subluxation, with the goal of reducing nerve irritability, improving function, and increasing range of motion.
Description of Chiropractic Adjustment
Chiropractic adjustment treatment involves the following:
- The application of a high velocity, short lever arm thrust directly to the vertebra
- An accompanying joint cavitation, an audible release of gas, that is caused by the release of nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and oxygen, then releasing joint pressure (cavitation)
- It is a relieving sensation most of the time, though there have been some reports of minor discomfort for a short time after the therapy. The discomfort is usually a result of the patient’s tension during the care or muscle spasms
You should note that joint cavitation or cracking might not always occur, often the result of the patient not being in full relaxation of muscle splinting during the chiropractic adjustment. The chiropractor may apply ice if this happens. The chiropractor may also try to rest the patient or, before the chiropractic adjustment, perform electrical stimulation and massage the client.
Different Techniques for Chiropractic Adjustment
Multiple techniques may be implemented in chiropractic adjustment. However, chiropractic adjustment is somewhat of an art, and a certain skill level is required for low amplitude, high-velocity adjustment or manipulation. A chiropractor should be able to determine whether or not it is in the best interest of the client to apply the adjustment or not.
Side Effects of Chiropractic Adjustment
Aching and soreness in the spinal joints or muscles are the most common side effects of an adjustment. If you are experiencing these symptoms, it will probably only last for the first few hours post-treatment and usually does not last longer than 24 hours post-treatment. If you happen to experience any of these symptoms after the adjustment, putting an ice pack on the affected area will most likely reduce the symptoms quickly.
Intention of the Treatment
The goal of chiropractic adjustment is to affect or correct the function, alignment, and/or motion of a vertebral joint. The primary intention of the treatment is to correct vertebral subluxations, the term given to the signs and symptoms resulting from abnormal alignment of the vertebrae.
Call Back to Mind
A lot of people out there are in need of a chiropractic adjustment; if you are one of those people, do not hesitate to call Back to Mind today. Our professional chiropractor and staff will help you get your back discomfort in check and help you live a pain-free life fast. No matter what back problems you are having, we have all the solutions for you.