Yes! Hip pain can be caused by misalignment of the spine, which puts pressure on the nerves around the pelvis. A chiropractor has many tools to address this type of pain using spinal adjustments that take pressure off the sources of chronic pain.
The chiropractic adjustment works by finding the joint that’s not working as it should, applying a high velocity, low amplitude force to the specific area to increase the joint space. Thus, forcing the joint to relax, improving mobility in the area, and stimulating blood flow to the affected area to promote healing.
Your first visit to a chiropractor typically involves patient intake, physical examination, possibly some diagnostic studies, a discussion of findings, and potentially your first treatment. You’ll start with paperwork to document your medical history, current condition, and treatment goals. The chiropractor will then conduct a comprehensive physical examination, possibly supplemented with diagnostic studies like X-rays, if needed. They will discuss your diagnosis, proposed treatment plan, and expected outcomes with you. Depending on your specific situation, you may also receive your first chiropractic adjustment during this visit, which is a specific manipulation aimed at improving joint function and movement. To facilitate ease of movement during your visit, it’s advisable to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.
Any age can benefit from chiropractic care. Babies, toddlers, and newborns can receive treatment for conditions. Babies can experience torticollis or a spasm in the sternocleidomastoid muscle that mothers notice during breastfeeding when a child can’t turn their neck. Children, adults, and seniors can benefit from chiropractic care.
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.
It is generally best to leave back cracking to the chiropractors because attempting to do so on your own or with the help of an untrained person can lead to serious injury. Chiropractors are trained professionals who have years of experience in manipulating the spine to alleviate pain and improve mobility. They use specific techniques to apply controlled force to the joints in the spine to relieve pressure, increase range of motion, and improve function. Attempting to crack your back on your own or with the help of someone who is not properly trained and qualified can result in injury to the spine, nerves, muscles, or other structures, which can lead to long-term damage and chronic pain.
You can exercise right after seeing a chiropractor but keep in mind that your body might be hypermobile. For example, if you are doing sprints after an adjustment on your hips, your joints will be hypermobile. After 24 hours, you should be good to return to vigorous exercise, but keep it to low-impact exercise in the first 24 hours.
Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) are the number one cause of orofacial pain. Jaw pain, earaches, headaches, or neck pain are common symptoms of TMD. TMD is an umbrella term that describes a number of different conditions all with the same primary symptom: jaw pain.
If you are diagnosed with scoliosis, please tell your chiropractor during your initial assessment. A chiropractor can effectively reduce the risk factors of scoliosis, depending on the type of scoliosis. Scoliosis can be treated with specific types of chiropractic adjustments and exercises to improve range of motion, flexibility, posture & more. A Chiropractor can figure out the cause of scoliosis and treat it accordingly.
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.
The jaw bone is connected to your skull by the temporomandibular joints located on each side of your head just in front of your ears. Jaw muscles are attached to these bones allowing you to open and close your mouth as well as talk and eat. The ligaments that hold these joints together gradually wear out causing inflammation and pain which can eventually lead to arthritis if left untreated.