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What to Expect at a Spinal Adjustment Appointment
Wondering what happens during a spinal adjustment? There is nothing worse than living each day with pain and not finding any relief through pain medication and lifestyle changes. Fortunately, a spinal adjustment from a licensed chiropractor offers a way to address back pain, neck pain, and other related concerns, which may allow you to continue living the way you desire without worrying about pain developing.
What happens during a spinal adjustment visit
A spinal adjustment, which is also called a chiropractic adjustment or spinal manipulation, is a common chiropractic procedure that involves a chiropractor using a controlled amount of force to increase range of motion and adjust uncomfortable symptoms of the neck and back. The following is a review of the steps that are typically involved during a visit with a chiropractor for spinal adjustment.
Symptoms and medical history
The first step in the treatment process involves a complete review of the patient’s symptoms and medical history. This is important as it helps the chiropractor determine the exact issue the patient is experiencing and what treatment options have not worked in the past to determine the best method of treatment. This is also a great opportunity for the patient to ask questions about spinal adjustment and other available treatment options to help them feel more comfortable and prepared for the procedure.
The next step in the process is a physical examination. Like with a review of the patient’s symptoms and medical history, this may only be a brief examination if the patient has already visited the chiropractor before. During the physical exam, the chiropractor will look for any swelling, discoloration, bone bruises, or sensitive areas. This allows them to give a more accurate diagnosis and ensure that they do not cause any discomfort during the spinal adjustment.
During the spinal adjustment
The spinal adjustment itself is performed in the office with the patient lying down on the treatment table. The chiropractor typically begins by testing the range of motion of the affected area (neck, back, etc.). After this, they may make a sudden thrust with their hands or a chiropractic device to “pop” the back. There may be a popping or cracking sound, but do not worry as this is normal during a spinal adjustment. The procedure should be painless, although the patient will feel it when the chiropractor makes the adjustment.
After the spinal adjustment
Most chiropractors recommend visiting a couple of times a week over the course of several weeks for spinal adjustments. In addition, they may also suggest at-home exercises to do to help relieve discomfort. In some instances, patients may be able to receive a massage at the chiropractic office, as well. There should be no lingering discomfort that is caused by the spinal adjustment after the treatment is complete.
A spinal adjustment can help with pain relief
Getting a spinal adjustment is a great way to relieve back pain. You can arrange for a chiropractic consultation by giving our friendly and professional team a call or sending us an email today. We are glad to answer your questions and help you on your journey to pain relief.
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