Chiropractic adjustments and manipulations are completely safe and highly effective for anyone experiencing pain or joint restrictions and mobility issues. Chiropractic adjustments help increase space in the joint, which may also cause an increase in blood flow to the affected area to promote healing. Chiropractic care is meant to improve your health, not cause problems. Chiropractors use specific techniques and methods to help you achieve the best possible results without hurting you in any way. Chiropractic adjustive services can be used on anyone, from infants and toddlers to adults of any age, including senior citizens.
There are many things that Chiropractors do. Chiropractic covers a broad spectrum of healthcare treatments and services, which means Chiropractors treat the whole person rather than just specific symptoms. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches. Chiropractic treatment can be helpful for other medical problems as well, such as asthma, vertigo, vestigial conditions, carpal tunnel syndrome, and fibromyalgia. A chiropractor focuses on joint pain or muscle pain and may perform adjustments or spinal manipulations in order to provide relief and get you back to your regular activities. A chiropractor can help patients manage their pain with little-to-no medication.
It varies from person to person. On average, visiting a chiro over 4-6 weeks should be sufficient depending on the condition, of course. After your initial appointment, you’ll need specific treatments based on the source of the pain through spinal manipulation, soft tissue therapy, and exercise therapy. Depending on your root issue, some people can feel better after a single treatment, while other more complicated issues (like disc herniation) can take six months up to a year to treat.
Chiropractors are health care professionals who diagnose, treat, and prevent disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system, including nerves, bones (including the spine), muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Chiropractors have a doctorate degree and are accredited by the DC (Doctor of Chiropractic) upon passing a 3 part board exam. The amount of education is extensive. Both DC’s and MD’s are strong in basic sciences and clinical diagnostics, where one degree may have slightly more training than another in any specific area. Chiropractors focus on the musculoskeletal system instead of MDs, who focus on diseases or what we know as internal medicine.
The crack or pop that you hear is the formation of gas within the joints. That crack is not indicative of a successful adjustment. The actual adjustment comes from putting the force through the joint, the high velocity, low amplitude, adjustment, or force to the joint space. One issue some chiropractors have is “chasing the pop,” where they seek out the sound instead of going based on their physiological assessment.
Yes, a good chiropractic assessment will reveal whether or not you have sustained any injuries that may require treatment. Whiplash is typically the result of a sudden jerking motion of the head, most commonly from car accidents or falls. Chiropractic adjustments can help restore proper neck mobility after an accident and give your neck time to heal during the healing process. Whiplash affects muscles, ligaments, joints & bones; therefore, it is important to seek immediate medical attention after an accident.
Symptoms may include pain or tenderness in or around one or both jaws with varying degrees of severity. Other symptoms may include earaches, tightness in your face, headaches, neck pain, clicking sensation when opening mouth wide, and muscular cramps.
Chiropractors treat a wide range of injuries and complications, such as scoliosis, low back pain, sprains, strains, myofascial trigger points, joint instability, joint pains, headaches, cluster headaches, cervicogenic headaches, tension headaches, migraines, vertigo, muscle spasms, etc. and in some cases, they can help reduce the symptoms of MS.
Temporomandibular disorders (TMDs) are a set of more than 30 conditions that cause jaw joint and muscle discomfort. “TMDs” are disorders caused by the temporomandibular joint (“TMJ”). Everyone has two TMJs, one on each side of the head just in front of the ears. Muscles and ligaments surrounding and attached to the TMJ control its movement. Problems with any of these structures can lead to TMDs.