What Is a Chiropractic Adjustment?
How Many Adjustments Will I Need?
Is the Spine the Only Part of the Body That Chiropractors Adjust?
The spine is only one part of the biomechanical structure of the human body. There are numerous other movable joints?each one subjected to demands similar to those placed on the spine, and each one capable of malfunctioning.
The chiropractor considers each of these movable parts, as well as overall body dynamics, in the evaluation of a patient’s condition. The doctors at Denver South Chiropractic are qualified to perform adjustments in these areas as well.
Is There a Reaction Following an Adjustment?
Reactions following a chiropractic adjustment vary greatly from person to person. Many people experience a great sense of exhilaration and well-being. The most common reaction is aching or soreness in the spinal joints or muscles. Do not become alarmed if you experience this type of reaction, as it is a natural response in certain tissues.
Most reactions usually subside within several days, after which you will continue to enjoy the beneficial effects of the removal of nerve interference and improved spinal function.
If you have any questions or any unusual reactions that concern you, do not hesitate to call our office or to ask your doctor on your next visit.
What Happens When My Symptoms Have Disappeared?
Symptoms often respond well to treatment and seem to disappear before total correction has occurred. The objective of treatment is to obtain full-function restoration of spinal joints, soft tissues, and neurological activity. Our team considers the job done when spinal motion is fully restored and not just when symptoms have abated.
Because of our society’s “crisis medicine” orientation, it is not uncommon for a patient to want to stop care when symptoms disappear. It is important to understand that until the spinal malfunction is fully corrected, there is still a substantial vulnerability for the pain to recur. The condition never really goes away?only the symptoms do. As long as the spinal malfunction continues to exist to some extent, it may undermine body function and health and may ultimately cause symptoms once again. The best way to prevent recurrence is to continue care until an appropriate correction has been made.
Sometimes after progressive degeneration of spinal joints has begun, certain conditions cannot be totally corrected. Yet chiropractic treatment can improve function and relieve discomfort, when administered regularly.
How Often Will I Need To See My Chiropractor?
It is important to remember that spinal adjustment is an ongoing process. Your chiropractor’s recommendation for treatment is based on the specific nature and history of the condition in each unique case.
Chronic, long-term fixations and subluxations may require intensive care for a number of weeks, followed by a gradually diminishing frequency of care to encourage the changes that are desired. Acute, painful conditions may need to be handled in stages. The pain and inflammation of injury is often initially treated with ice and other physiotherapy for a period of time before attempts can be made to correct the spinal malfunction responsible for the condition. Such acute case management is typically carried out on a daily basis at first until the symptoms subside and adjustments can be administered several times a week. Milder conditions, of course, require a lesser frequency and a shorter duration of care.