Your spine is a central component of your overall health. Misalignments of the bones and tissues within the spine can cause a range of physical symptoms, including back pain and overall poor health. Spinal adjustment is a safe and effective chiropractic treatment to achieve healthy alignment of the spine and improved overall wellness.
What Happens During a Spinal Adjustment?
During a spinal adjustment, your chiropractor will correct any misalignments, or subluxations, of the vertebrae in your spine. This is achieved via the application of controlled force with your chiropractor’s hands while you sit or lie down. Spinal adjustment does not hurt; in fact, you may feel an immediate sensation of relief. You may also hear your joint “crack,” which is the release of gas as joint pressure is relieved. This is completely normal and expected.
Why Should I Get a Spinal Adjustment?
Spinal adjustment corrects subluxations caused by injuries to the tissues of the spine. Before an adjustment is suggested, your chiropractor will perform a thorough examination of the spine to determine if you have suffered any subluxations that can be addressed via manipulation. Untreated subluxations can limit your body’s range of motion and cause inflammation and irritation of the nerves, which result in pain in your back, neck, head, or extremities.
Are There Side Effects of Spinal Adjustment?
Chiropractic adjustment is a safe and often painless treatment. In some cases, muscle spasms around the site may cause minor discomfort following the adjustment. The most frequently reported side effect of an adjustment is minor soreness around the site for up to 24 hours post-treatment. The application of ice or a cold compress can reduce any discomfort during this time.
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