What is Involved in Chiropractic Care?
If you have never visited a chiropractor, then you probably have a lot of questions. This can be a new and unknown territory for you, which can be a bit intimidating. However, there is nothing to be scared of when it comes to this drugless, hands-on approach to pain relief and rehabilitation. The general overview of chiropractic care is that the doctor will use their hands or a small instrument to apply pressure to a spinal joint in order to fix a patient’s structural alignment and improve the body’s overall function.
Common treatment techniques in chiropractic care include massage, joint manipulation, stabilization exercises, guidance on self-care, and physical therapy. These care treatments can be done on their own or be combined throughout the duration of your treatment.
Many people fear the amount of cracking and popping that occurs during treatment. When the joints are manipulated, gases are released, leading to a popping sound! When you stretch out the muscles you may hear some cracks but you are allowing those muscles near the spine to loosen and help with your body’s normal function.
Lastly, by decreasing all of this pressure by the discs in your back, you relieve the pressure that has built up and caused you pain. These adjustments will not cause you pain during the treatment or after, rather they will reduce the pain that you have been experiencing prior to your visit. There can be some uncomfortable noises but they are all a part of a healthy chiropractic adjustment.
Chiropractic treatment is a great way to reduce back pain, as it is a drugless, hands-on approach. The adjustments that your chiropractor will perform on you will help to loosen the tension in your back and open up areas that are restricted. Your treatment will help you get your body back to or as close to normal function as possible.
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