How Does Chiropractic Work?
The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as “spinal manipulation,” also called “chiropractic adjustment.” The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile – or restricted in their movement – as a result of a tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for the sufferer. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.
Do Adjustments Hurt?
The adjustments are generally not painful. Any discomfort usually goes away after the adjustment has been performed several times. In fact, most patients look forward to their treatments as many experience relief immediately afterwards.
What Will My Chiropractor Do?
Your Chiropractic care begins with a thorough case history. The doctor reviews your past medical history and present condition.After this interview, the doctor will perform a thorough orthopedic, neurological and chiropractic examination.X-rays will then be taken if needed. They can often provide essential additional information which correlates history and examination findings allowing for a more accurate spinal analysis and a more individualized and effective treatment plan.
The doctor will then review all your information and during your second visit called your Report of Findings, give you a diagnosis and propose a personalized Plan of Care, including referrals to other doctors if necessary. Chiropractic care will be monitored with periodic re-examinations.