Many people are under the mistaken notice that chiropractic adjustments are only done on people who have a bad back. While chiropractors do help treat chronic back pain and lower back pain, there is much more to this treatment technique.
The Goal of Chiropractic Adjustment
The main aim of chiropractic adjustments is to correct any spinal subuxations that may be detected during an examination. The chiropractor does this by applying gentle pressure to the bone and unlocking it from its improper position. The “unlocked” bone is then free to align itself correctly. In some cases, just one adjustment is sufficient where sometimes, several adjustments may have to be made before the bone settles into its proper alignment. This is because the muscles that are connected to the vertebrae tend to pull the bone back out of place.
What You Should Know About The Different Adjusting Techniques
When it comes to chiropractic adjustment, there is no one adjustment fits all. There are several different types of adjusting techniques and every individual will have a different experience when they go to a chiropractor. Some may have the treatment done while sitting up, others may have to lie down on stationary tables and still others may have to lie down on elbow tables that are designed with moveable foot and head rests. What's more, your doctor may use one technique on one visit and a completely different one on your next visit. Which technique is used depends on a whole lot of factors, from the type of subluxation that is present to the physical attributes of the doctor as well as the patient. A skilled chiropractor will assess each situation and then accordingly determine which is the best adjustment for that particular situation.
What About Those Popping Sounds?
The first thing most people think about when they consider chiropractic adjustments is the popping sounds that are associated with it. The thought that this may hurt or may cause some other damage is what makes people quit to go to a chiropractor. However, the fact is, all of these adjusting techniques utilize only gentle pressure and minimal force. Those popping sounds are completely normal and are really only tiny pockets of gas that are getting released. The treatment itself is pain free.
What you should know about those popping sounds is that they have no bearing whatever on the success of the treatment. Sometimes, as the treatment progresses, the noises may become less and unexpectedly you may not hear any popping noises at all. This does not mean that the treatment is now not as effective any more. It simply means that the affected vertebrae are becoming more flexible.