“He cracks my back.”
“She just pushes on my spine and it kinda pops.”
“He gives my neck a really fast jerk!”
How do you describe your doctors adjusting technique? We have made the provided the following information to explain what we do, why we do it and what you can expect from their first chiropractic adjustments.
Before you come in for your first treatment we would like you to understand what each treatment is about and how it is helping your achive optimal health. Please take a moment to understand that chiropractic is not about “snap,” “crack,” and “pop” but rather it is one of the safest and most effective forms of treatment available today.
The purpose of an adjustment(s) is to add energy to your spine at just the right time, place and direction. Your body uses this energy to help “right” itself. As spinal integrity improves, nerve tension is reduced, your body works better and your performance is enhanced.
First, we analyze your spine. This usually involves a case history, examination and X-ray pictures of your spine. We may have you turn and bend to feel how your spinal joints move. We may also check your posture, alignment, balance and leg lengths.
With the malposition of one or more spinal bones identified, a specific manual thrust is administered. The direction, speed, depth and angle that we use is the result of experience, practice and a thorough understanding of spinal mechanics.
Sometimes, the energy delivered during the thrust produces a slight “popping” sound from shifting gas and fluids in the joint. This sound is not an indicator of the value and effectiveness of the adjustment.
While improving spinal biomechanics can reduce nervous system interferences, virtually all joints of the body can be adjusted to help restore proper range of motion.
Photo caption: The side posture adjustment is often used to address spinal problems in the hips and lower back.
What Can I Expect?
Your first couple of chiropractic adjustments will produce one of three responses:
On rare occasions, especially in cases of a recent accident or injury, it can seem as if your problem is worsening. This is perfectly natural—and temporary. Reducing inflammation takes time and many factors will affect the speed of your recovery. Remain hopeful.
Photo caption: Inflammation from a recent accident can temporarily delay progress.
In cases of chronic health problems, progress comes more slowly. Since it’s probably taken years for your health to reach the symptomatic stage, recovery takes time. Obviously, creating new, healthier spinal patterns will require repeated visits. Be patient and optimistic. We are!
Photo caption: Long-standing health problems may respond slowly to natural approaches.
Happily, most report an improved sense of ease and well-being with their first adjustments. This sets in motion a series of changes as each visit builds on the ones before. Careful! Discontinuing care too soon, before lasting changes are made, invites a relapse.
Photo caption: If relief comes quickly, congratulations! Continue your care to fully heal.
How You Can Help
Restoring your health will be a team effort. Here’s what you can do between your visits to support the care you receive in our office and create a momentum for healing:
Avoid extreme turning, bending or sudden twisting of your spine.
When lifting anything, keep your back straight and use your legs.
Sit in a chair without slouching and avoid crossing your legs.
Avoid excessive neck bending to watch television or read in bed.
Sleep on your side or back, using a pillow that supports your neck.
Drink plenty of water and get enough rest so your body can repair.
Stand tall, sit tall and “think” tall to help form new postural habits.
Each visit builds on the ones before so keep your appointment schedule for optimum results.