Frequently Asked Questions
Some people talk about pain radiating down their arm or leg after treatment. This is a “stopped nerve,” also known as an “adherent connection.” It means that the spinal nerves are compressed from both sides with insufficient space in between. Spinal nerves have to travel through small holes drilled in intervertebral discs before branching out to form peripheral nerves. A chiropractic adjustment may make traction on the disc’s muscle fibers, and when this occurs, these tiny neural perforations close over but still trapping these short nerve endings and causing muscle spasms-hence referred to as one of the most common side effects of chiropractic care!
Some people experience 1-4 days while others experience ten to fourteen days of soreness following an adjustment. This can be lengthened or shortened, depending on how someone’s physical condition has reacted and what was adjusted.
It’s important to note that you will feel pain where it needs to hurt and where your muscles attach themselves to your bones. These are all trigger points in the body that chiropractors manipulate by making adjustments with their hands or instruments while carrying out care during an exam. Anywhere else there may be inflammation is being avoided at any cost, which reduces painful symptoms that might naturally accompany some pains elsewhere other than in these specific areas on our bodies.
The chiropractic care should range from restoring motion to eliminating nerve interference or other treatable conditions. The chiropractor should not do anything that will worsen the person’s condition so there are no chances of making them worse. Over time, the patient will start feeling drastically better as their range of activity increases because they are able to partake in regular activities with less pain.
Some people experience some discomfort for a few hours after a chiropractic adjustment, but this is not the norm. Many neck problems stem from “adhesions” in between segments of our vertebrae. These adhesions are like scar tissue and can be incredibly thick, preventing normal movement or even pain receptors to properly send signals to the brain, essentially masking any discomfort that would usually result from herniated disks or pinched nerves in the spine. The chiropractor will release these adhesions during an adjustment to help promote healing by realigning these collagen fibers so they don’t restrict movement as before.
Regular visits to a chiropractor are not necessary if you have only minor health complaints, or if the time spent would be better spent on more constructive social activities. If however, your back pain is affecting other parts of your life every day, then it may be worth exploring some possible causes with a chiropractor instead.
Whether or not you need to ice after a chiropractic adjustment depends on what type of adjustment you received. If your spine was adjusted in such a way that it was stretched, then heat is usually helpful afterwards. Heat helps loosen up the muscles because after anadjustment, your body may be tense and tight from getting closer to its natural alignment. Ice can feel good during an adjustment associated with a lot of twisting and popping sounds in your spine which means they “unlocked” this area that could have had nerve impingement from all the pressure built up over time.
Here are a few tips to follow after receiving your chiropractic adjustment and you should be on the road to recovery in no time!
If you have been experiencing pain or sensations of numbness. It is suggested to lie down for 20 minutes after receiving an adjustment. This will allow for postural drainage and decrease the amount of spinal fluid that can build up within your body that can lead to more serious symptoms such as uncontrollable vomiting, loss of bladder control, seizures, hallucinations, high fever, or coma.
Chiropractic is a safe and effective form of chiropractic treatment that has been helping people feel better for over 100 years. No notable adverse side effects have ever been reported.
The only thing to watch out for are pain during manipulation, disc pain, or any type of vertebrae instability- which can lead to other symptoms like sciatica, numbness/tingling in the arms/legs, or nerve impingement. Luckily there’s a simple trick: tell the chiropractor exactly what you’re experiencing before they start the adjustment and he will check your postural habits (like uneven weight distribution) with his hands before adjusting anything- thereby avoiding complications before they happen!
The general consensus is that you should be visiting a chiropractor at least four times per year depending on your condition. This will allow for any injuries or problems, that have begun to build up in the spine over time without care, to be dealt with so nothing eventually becomes detrimental. Find a chiropractor who offers discounts on pay as you go packages – this will help avoid long term costs while still making regular visits affordable and convenient.
Yes. Proper alignment of your spine can result in more fluid skin, better digestion and elimination, stronger immunity as well as increased lung capacity– all things that leave you feeling better and healthier.
A chiropractor’s adjustment unlocks some of the joints to restore natural mobility. It can also relieve muscle tension, help with pressure on nerves, and release pain, especially back pain.
Yes! They use their hands to manipulate the spine that has become misaligned, which then unlocks the joints and releases pressure on your nerves. This in turn does two things for you: (a) it decreases pain; (b) and increases mobility of those same areas, thereby decreasing risk of injury, improving performance in other regions of the body as well as mental clarity, etc.
Technological advancements in imaging help chiropractors locate injury-activated hotspots and inflamed areas through body scans while palpating the surface can narrow down a location’s problematic lobe.