If you are getting your first chiropractic treatment and don’t know what to expect, don’t worry, you’re not alone. We have answered the most frequently asked questions patients have before heading over to get some relief.
FAQ's about Chiropractic Treatment
What is a chiropractic adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment is a manual therapy that allows chiropractors to use their hands or a small instrument to provide pain relief to a spinal joint. They start off by assessing your joints before taking any action. A sudden force to the spinal joint is applied, which aims to improve range of motion, reduce inflammation, and help to relieve stress. During the adjustment, a patient may release some gas and experience minor discomfort if they tense up.
What is the popping sound?
If you hear a popping sound during your chiropractic adjustment, don’t be alarmed. It is very common in many patients. That sound is also known as joint cavitation and occurs when tiny pockets of air have built up in the joints of the spine and are being released. Joint cavitation helps to improve the tension on the spine and improve movement.
Is it safe to crack your own back and neck?
While it may relieve some tension right away, cracking your own neck and back can be hurting you in the long run. If you find yourself cracking your neck and back daily, you could be causing degenerative or inflammatory issues in the spine. You can do some gentle stretches instead to relieve some of that pain and cause less harm to your spine.
How safe is chiropractic treatment?
Chiropractic treatment is recognized as one of the safest, non-invasive, and drug free therapies. There are lower insurance premiums than seeing medical doctors, which means that the treatments chiropractors provide is incredibly safe. Taking the route of medications or surgery may result in a shorter recovery time, however, it comes with much more risks and complications including pain returning. Chiropractic treatment relieves short and long-term pain with little to no complications.
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