It is a health care profession focused on the way that the spine interacts with the nervous system, as well as the diagnosis and treatment of other misaligned joints. Chiropractors use adjustments to restore joint function and reduce pain.
It is one of the safest therapies available for the treatment of neuromuscular or musculoskeletal problems: all natural, drug free, and non-invasive. As compared to many other forms of treatment, it is conservative and low risk. Adjustments are extremely safe when performed by a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic. Some conditions may make certain kinds of adjustments unsafe (certain cancers or severe osteoporosis, for instance), so be sure to give Dr. Roman a full health history.
Adjustment of a joint (or manipulation) often results in a popping sound, but there is no need for concern. The air pressure within the joint has suddenly changed, which causes the gas bubble to be released. It is the same thing that happens when someone cracks his or her knuckles. There is rarely any discomfort involved. An adjustment has no effect on the bones to either side of a joint; the adjustment works on its connective tissue.
No. Each patient’s case is unique, and therefore his or her adjustment is customized to meet very specific needs and health conditions. The doctor modifies adjustments based on your age, size, and health complaints.
Rarely, and even then, not much. Any minimal pain experienced during the adjustment is offset by the overall relief the person gets in the long and even short term.
The most common side effect after a first adjustment may be a small amount of soreness or aching the following day. This could be compared to the soreness from moderate exercise, but very likely no worse. If you experience soreness, an icepack or simple, light stretching should do the trick.
Although you should allow more time for an initial consult with any healthcare professional, a typical chiropractic adjustment might take much less time than you expect. Once the doctor has had an opportunity to become familiar with your conditions, she will know which treatments to apply, in what order. For some patients, the adjustment process might be over in less than [ten] minutes! Additional treatment modalities, like rehabilitative exercise, will take longer. Please be sure to mention any time constraints you might have when scheduling your next appointment.
For some physicians, much of your care takes place outside that office. For example, the antibiotics a primary care doctor prescribes are filled at a pharmacy and taken at home over the course of weeks. A chiropractor’s treatment, on the other hand, uses hands-on techniques that occur in the office, and may require a number of visits. This may be why it seems like chiropractic care is more intensive: apart from your at-home exercises, it is all done on site.
A chiropractor may provide care for an acute or chronic condition or may recommend preventive measures. In any of these “high need” cases, the patient is able to schedule the number of visits his or her schedule permits and is encouraged to discuss any concerns with the doctor. Even after a chronic condition is under control, many patients look forward to a regular weekly adjustment, as they know their muscles and joints will feel better as soon as it has been administered.
No. While the doctor can recommend exercises or stretches, no at-home treatment can replace a trained chiropractor. While you may have a well-meaning strong friend, who offers to pick you up and “crack” your back, spinal adjustment is a delicate process, and dangerous in the hands of amateurs.
An adjustment is a carefully measured force, applied in to a targeted joint in a very specific way. It is unsafe and virtually impossible for a layman to correctly and accurately provide the same services you would receive from a licensed chiropractor. Although amateurs can produce the same “popping” sound of a joint releasing gas, this kind of manipulation is often counterproductive, and can make a misaligned spine even more unstable.
No. If you are wearing a restrictive jacket, or chunky jewelry that might get in the way, the doctor may suggest that you remove an item, but chiro adjustments do not generally call for a patient to disrobe.
Yes. Any time is a good time to relieve your aches and pains, but pregnant women may have particular discomforts (for instance, increased sciatica) that can be improved by adjustments. If you are going to have a baby, notify your doctor so that she can plan her approach to accommodate each stage of pregnancy.