A spinal adjustment refers to the process of manipulating the spine in order to bring the body back into its proper alignment. Also known as a chiropractic adjustment, as the procedure should only be performed by an experienced chiropractor, spinal adjustment requires a chiropractor to use their hands or specially made instruments to provide a force to the spinal joint. Correct spinal alignment is necessary for the body to properly function, as it helps increase range of motion, reduce nerve irritability and improve the body’s overall ability to function physically.
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Signs you may need a spinal adjustment
There are many different signs and symptoms that someone can experience that can warrant a trip to a chiropractor's office for a series of spinal adjustments, with the following list including the most common.
What to anticipate from a chiropractic visit
The visit might be a little nerve-wracking for patients who have never had a chiropractic adjustment before. Patients will be taken to a private exam room like any other doctor's visit. The furnishings in this area will most likely mimic that of a massage therapist's table or chair. The reason is that patients will usually need to relax while lying on their stomach or back during the adjustment.
The chiropractor will listen to the patient’s description of their pain/discomfort and discuss the options available to them. The doctor may ask about the patient’s medical history or review past x-rays. As the chiropractor prepares to make the adjustments, they will place the patient on the table and explain every step of the procedure. The chiropractor will start therapy as soon as the patient is comfortable.
One chiropractic adjustment may be all that is needed to alleviate a patient's discomfort. However, in the majority of cases, multiple appointments are necessary to realign the spine completely. As a part of their total health regimen, some individuals see a chiropractor regularly as well. Some patients may need only three or four adjustments, while others may need 10 to 12.
How a chiropractor performs spinal adjustments
Spinal adjustments utilize touch therapy. The process of performing spinal adjustments requires a chiropractor to put pressure on specific locations near the vertebrae that allow them to move back into their proper position. Chiropractors do this by using their hands to feel along the spine to determine which vertebrae are not currently in their proper position. They will then use their hands or a special tool to apply just the right amount of pressure to the area, which puts the vertebrae back into their proper position within a matter of seconds.
The goal is to bring the spine back into its full and natural alignment, which allows the nerves to flow through the spine without being disrupted.
Types of adjustment techniques
There are a few different types of adjustment techniques that a chiropractor can use when making any necessary adjustments to their patient's spine, with the list below containing common techniques that are used:
How spinal adjustments can improve the quality of one's life
A chiropractor is a health professional who offers their patients a number of non-invasive treatment options, with spinal adjustments being among the most commonly performed. Spinal adjustments are able to improve one’s quality of life because they offer a way to heal the body naturally when someone is suffering from one or more health conditions. They can specifically be used to naturally improve problems associated with back pain, neck pain, headaches, asthma, mental illness, joint pain, blood pressure, and organ function.
The bottom line
Spinal misalignments are more prevalent than you would think, and they can be quite damaging. Even though you may not be aware of it, you may have a joint misalignment right now. Make an appointment with a chiropractor if you struggle with symptoms like pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, or spasms. If you have never been to a chiropractor before, you can ask as many questions as you need during your consultation.
If you are looking for an alternative to traditional treatment that does not depend on pain relievers or surgery, chiropractic therapy is a great option.