Doctors of chiropractic medicine are highly trained specialists who evaluate
and treat conditions that affect the joints. Although chiropractors can
treat any joint in the body, they are best known for providing back and
neck pain relief.
Chiropractors can use various treatment modalities to help patients heal, including
chiropractic adjustments. If you’ve never received an adjustment
before, you may wish to ask your chiropractor a few questions before he
or she gets started. Here are the answers to a few common questions about
Are adjustments safe?
Chiropractic care has a
longstanding record of superior safety. It’s been widely recognized by sports medicine experts as one of
the safest treatments, in part because it is noninvasive and drug-free.
Many patients try adjustments as part of a comprehensive treatment plan
that is intended to prevent or delay the need for surgery. Adjustments
provided by a licensed chiropractor can also help reduce the need for
drugs and lower the risk of future injuries.
What happens during an adjustment?
Before you receive an adjustment, the provider will review your medical
history, ask you some questions about your symptoms, and perform a meticulous
evaluation of your functional deficits. If you’re a good candidate
for an adjustment, you’ll be asked to lie on a treatment table.
The position you lie in will depend on the exact region of the spine that
is being adjusted. For example, if the treatment area includes your neck,
you may lie on your back while the chiropractor stands behind your head.
The chiropractor will palpate the affected area to identify the specific
structures that are out of alignment. Then, he or she will apply carefully
controlled force to nudge the joints back into place. You’ll likely
hear a popping sound and feel an immediate sense of relief.
Can children and pregnant women receive adjustments?
Yes, chiropractic care has been shown to be highly beneficial for both
pediatric patients and pregnant women. The chiropractor may make modifications
to the treatment process to ensure the adjustment is safe for the patient.
Bring your questions about chiropractic care to your appointment at The
Houston Spine & Rehabilitation Centers. We provide chiropractic medicine,
digital x-rays, and sports medicine in The Woodlands, so you can receive
the multidisciplinary treatment you deserve under one roof. New and current
patients can reach us at (281) 362-0006.