What does the adjustment do?
We accomplish several things when we adjust a "locked" joint:
- The momentary stretching of the joint during the adjustment invites an influx of nourishing fluid to the area, which promotes optimal function
- Receptors in the spine are stimulated from the adjustment, which normalizes nerve signals
- Healing is promoted through an increase in blood flow to the area
- Stretching of the muscles around the joint relieves spasms and facilitates joint mobility
Are there side effects to the chiropractic adjustment?
Depending on the type and severity of injury, there is a potential that you may feel slightly sore after your first few chiropractic adjustments. This is typically no more than you would feel after a strenuous workout. Soreness may be managed with brief periods of ice at home and it should subside within a day or so.
What is that popping sound?
The sound that is made during the adjustment is actually made by popping nitrogen gas bubbles present in the area of the joint. The sound made by unlocking the joint is completely normal and may vary from one person to another.
Do I need a referral from my MD?
Chiropractic Whole Health participates in numerous insurance plans. Most do not require a referral from your medical doctor. However, there may be other specific requirements either related to referral or deductible that will relate to chiropractic care. It is important that you speak with your insurance company prior to receiving care, but we are happy to assist you with any questions.
How often do I need treatment?
Lasting relief from pain and rehabilitation to optimal health requires multiple adjustments. Chiropractic visits are an alternative to multiple doses of medication as well as multiple weeks or months of rehab from surgery. There are three stages of chiropractic care:
- Stage 1: Reduction of inflammation, pain, and muscle spasms occurs through in-office treatment and guidance on home care.
- Stage 2: Limitations to activities are reduced through the employment of numerous techniques. These may include ergonomics, diet, and specific exercise that will improve mechanical function.
- Stage 3: Similar to dental check-ups, spinal and joint check-ups are recommended a few times a year. A good maintenance program supports optimal health and decreases the risk of future injury.
What other treatments are there?
At Chiropractic Whole Health, we offer numerous therapies to achieve optimal results for each patient. Where some may respond well to adjustments alone, we recognize when adjunct treatment may be necessary. This may involve specific muscle techniques such as myofascial release, cupping, and stretching. We may use acupoint stimulation, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, and diathermy to enhance treatment or employ diagnostics such as MRI or blood chemistry. Our patients may also benefit from nutritional counseling, ergonomic or lifestyle changes, or a referral to a different specialist.