It depends on your injury or pain level. If you recently had a whiplash injury or orthopedic surgery, for instance, you might be too inflamed for a manual chiropractic adjustment. Your practitioner can either use a specialized tool to manipulate your spine or use ultrasound or cold laser therapy to work on soft tissue healing instead.
When you’re ready, your doctor performs manual chiropractic adjustments. They move your body into various positions and apply a swift force to realign your vertebrae and joints. Chiropractic care appointments sometimes include:
Because you need to be flexible, plan on wearing loose, comfortable clothing to your session. Afterwards, your provider might suggest resting with heat or ice applied for a few minutes, just to minimize inflammation and to boost blood flow.
Chiropractic care is both a treatment and a preventive type of medicine. You may need up to two or three visits each week for several months if you’ve been through trauma, like an automobile accident. As you start feeling better, your practitioner evaluates your progress and adjusts your appointment schedule.
Towards the end of your plan, it’s likely that you only need weekly chiropractic sessions. To help prevent future pain or re-injury, you may want to schedule occasional sessions a couple of times per month. This way you can continue feeling your best.
Not at all. It’s common to feel a popping sensation during a manual chiropractic adjustment. For most patients, this is a pleasant release of pain and tension. It might feel awkward, but you won’t be in any pain. If for some reason you are in discomfort during your appointment, or even when you get home, let your chiropractor know. They can use alternative methods to get you into proper alignment if need be.
Probably, yes. Your chiropractor might take some X-rays right in the office to get a look at what’s going on in the area where you’re experiencing pain. But you should bring in any other X-rays, MRI reports, or CT images previously taken. Evaluating your imaging helps your practitioner put together a custom treatment plan for you.
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