Are there side effects?
Much like a good workout at the gym, you may be sore after your initial treatment. This is normal and easily treated with ice pack application at home; soreness subsides after 1 -2 days.
What is that popping sound?
That "pop" you hear is a result of nitrogen gas bubbles popping when specific pressure is placed on a joint. This is normal and varies from person to person.
What does the adjustment do?
Manipulation of a joint accomplishes several things:
First, it separates the joint briefly, which stretches it and brings in joint fluid to promote normal motion.
Second, it stimulates receptors in the spine, which help block pain and normalize nerve signals.
Third, the adjustment increases blood flow to that area, which promotes healing.
Finally, muscles around the joint are stretched, which relieves muscle spasm and restores joint motion.
How often do I need treatment?
Chiropractic treatment involves multiple visits to move you from pain relief, to rehabilitation, to optimal health. This natural approach helps you avoid drugs (multiple doses) or surgery (weeks or months of rehab).
Stage 1: Pain inflammation, and spasm are reduced in the office and home care advice is given.
Stage 2: A variety of techniques (exercise, diet, ergonomics) are employed to restore proper function so that you are not limited in any activities of daily living.
Stage 3: Check-ups are used several times a year in order to prevent re-injury and maintain optimal health. This is similar to dental check-ups, only for the spine and joints.
What other treatments are there?
Sometimes you need more than an adjustment. I use many other natural techniques to get you well.
Modalities like diathermy, ultrasound, electrical stimulation or acupoint stimulation. Muscle techniques using stretching, cupping, or myofascial release. Rehabilitation to improve coordination and strength. Diagnostic testing such as blood chemistry or MRI. Nutritional counseling regarding diet or supplementation. Education in lifestyle changes and ergonomics. Or maybe a referral to an appropriate specialist.
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