Do chiropractic adjustments hurt?

There are many reasons why people choose chiropractic care. In some cases, it starts out because of chronic discomfort that may happen as a result of sleeping on a bad mattress. Perhaps you play golf and a poor swing resulted in an intense amount of pain. It can even be as simple as a neck strain that occurs while carrying grocery bags. There are some people that deal with such excruciating pain that it ends up creating anxiety and sometimes even depression. These are just some of the reasons why a chiropractic adjustment is pursued. If you’re someone that suffers from back pain and you have had a chiropractic adjustment, you know how much of a difference it can make. If you have never had a chiropractic adjustment and you’re considering one, rest assured that it will provide welcomed relief.

One of the first things that you should understand about a chiropractic adjustment is that it’s a safe procedure. Nevertheless, it’s important to make sure you see a licensed chiropractor that has experience and is familiar with any medical issues you have. It’s common to have concern during the first chiropractor visit because you don’t know what to expect. If you’re like most people, you’ll experience relief after just one visit and come to understand why so many people around the world visit a chiropractor regularly. Simply put, it’s a great way to alleviate many different types of pain. If you still feel angst about getting an adjustment, it can help to understand what’s involved. It can also help to fully understand the level of pain you can expect.

What You Can Expect During a Chiropractic Adjustment 

An adjustment performed by a chiropractor is basically the process of applying pressure to your back for the purpose of realigning your spinal column. As a result of this process, pain in your body is eased. It also serves the purpose of promoting improved posture, which enables your body to function more effectively. Generally, this process simply involves the manipulation of your joints in a manner that’s controlled and quick. While there are some medical instruments used, for the most part chiropractors use their hands to complete an adjustment. This is a procedure that is fast and can happen during a lunch break or whenever you have a short period of time to spare. In other words, this isn’t something that requires a long appointment and it certainly isn’t an inpatient treatment.

During the process of an adjustment, there is a chance that you’ll feel the different cracks and pops that occur as your spine is manipulated. This certainly should not create any pain. In fact, there should be no pain involved in an adjustment. If you didn’t have any pain when you started the appointment, you won’t feel any pain after the adjustment. If you do feel pain, it will be mild. Depending on the nature of your issue, there is a chance that you might experience minor aches and soreness for a short time after your appointment. It will be similar to how you might feel after a vigorous workout. If you have ever stretched your body after exercising, you probably felt a few aches the next day. This is much like what you will feel after an adjustment. However, that’s not always the case. In some instances, you won’t feel any soreness at all, neither during the procedure nor after.

Since every situation is unique, it’s a good idea to speak with your doctor or your chiropractor regarding adjustments in advance to make sure you don’t have any health issues that might cause a problem. For instance, if you have a herniated disc, cancer or a condition that increases your chances of a stroke, your chiropractor should be made aware of your condition in advance. This will enable them to take any necessary extra precautions. During the adjustment, the chiropractor can address the following:

  • Any concerns you have
  • What will happen during the adjustment
  • Results of your x-rays
  • What you should do after the adjustment

A good chiropractor will use your first visit as a learning experience so that you fully understand what’s going to happen and how it will impact your body. When it’s all said and done, you’ll appreciate chiropractic care and the tremendous benefits that an adjustment offers. If you have questions or would like to get more information, we’re here to help. Give us a call today.

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