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A chiropractic adjustment, also known as spinal manipulation, provides the patient with an array of physical benefits. Most commonly performed to help treat lower back pain, neck pain and headaches, an adjustment is a procedure in which a trained chiropractor applies a sudden-yet-controlled force to a spinal joint. The goal is to improve the motion of the spine to help restore the normal operation of the patient’s nervous system, which in turn improves the body’s natural healing ability. But that’s just an overview. The truth is, chiropractic adjustments can offer a patient a variety of significant benefits, from lowering blood pressure to reducing inflammation to relieving pain and more.
A chiropractic adjustment isn’t the same as stretching and feeling your back crack. A true spinal manipulation involves the use of a specific force — in a specific direction — that helps the spine regain its normal function. Typically, an adjustment is applied to a fixated joint, meaning the joint is “locked up” or not moving properly. There are several spinal manipulation techniques that can be used to achieve the desired results, such as motion palpation, Gonstead, the Thompson drop technique, Activator, Toggle Recoil, and trigger point therapy (NIMMO), as well as a variety of stretching techniques.
People who suffer from lower back pain, neck pain, headaches and more often seek out chiropractic adjustments to help treat the cause of their pain: misaligned bones in the spine that aren’t performing as they should. An adjustment can help return the bones to a more normal position, bettering motion and allowing the nervous system to function properly. Instead of masking the symptoms of pain with medication or opting for unnecessary surgery, a chiropractic patient can find the relief they need in a matter of minutes. Simply put, chiropractic adjustments allow patients to return to a happy, healthy life full of movement without pain.
At Dynamic Chiros, you get more than a routine adjustment. Your chiropractor will take the time to speak with you and learn about your health history, as well as perform a physical exam that focuses on your spine and any other pain points. We may even recommend other tests and examinations, such as an X-ray. Once we’ve pinpointed what your needs are, we’ll position you on a padded table to get you prepared for your adjustment.
Don’t be surprised if you hear some popping or cracking sounds — that is completely normal. It tends to feel and sound like the tension relief you get from cracking your knuckles.
Chiropractic adjustments are completely safe. When compared to other conventional medical treatment, it is clear the risk of injury is extremely low. In fact, a New Zealand government study found that chiropractic adjustments are 100 times less risky than taking over-the-counter pain medication.
The most obvious benefit of receiving an adjustment is the proper realignment of your bones, which can provide remarkable pain relief. But there is a myriad of other benefits as well that many people don’t know about. Let’s take a minute to examine a couple of them:
One of the major causes of pain, joint problems and overall tension is inflammation. In fact, chronic inflammation has been shown to be linked to chronic pain, heart disease, cancer and more. Chiropractic adjustments have been shown to reduce inflammation, which promotes several health benefits, including: relief of lower back pain, relief of joint pain and reduced muscle tension. On top of that, reduced inflammation can help reduce the risk of developing diseases linked to high inflammation.
High blood pressure medication comes with a lot of negative side effects, including fatigue, nausea, dizziness, anxiety and weight loss. But a study found in the Human Journal of Hypertension showed that spinal manipulation can produce the same effect in people suffering from high blood pressure as high-blood-pressure medications. It went on to state that the effects of an adjustment would last for six months afterward.
Chiropractic adjustments can increase the blood flow to the brain, as well as increase the flow of cerebral spinal fluid. As a result, people with epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and other neurological conditions can find relief simply by visiting a chiropractor.
Vertigo is a condition that isn’t given enough serious thought by the general public. Those who suffer from it experience bouts of extreme dizziness, making it difficult to do every day tasks without getting nauseous or feeling disoriented. It’s also a common condition to experience after a head or neck injury. Because a chiropractic adjustment can help target joints and vertebrae that aren’t moving correctly, your body’s natural balance can be restored, helping to reduce episodes of vertigo.
Athletes depend on a healthy body to do their job or follow their passion. But inflammation, pain and other similar conditions can make doing so extremely difficult. That’s why so many people turn to chiropractic adjustments. Adjustments can help reduce pain and tension, as well as reduce inflammation while boosting the immune system, helping athletes get regain their confidence and perform at their peak.
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