Answering Common Questions about Chiropractic Adjustments

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 chiropractic care.

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.

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