Chiropractic Adjustments 101

Back pain can be debilitating, affecting your sleep, mood and productivity. Although many people are anxious about their first appointment at our chiropractic clinic, seeking an adjustment is one of the safest and most effective ways to achieve relief from pain. For the uninitiated, read on to get the low-down on chiropractic adjustments 101.

What exactly is an adjustment?

An adjustment is a technique in which a chiropractor applies pressure to your back to realign your spinal column. We perform them to relieve pain, improve your body’s overall physical functioning and promote better posture.

What do adjustments feel like?

People always ask us if chiropractic adjustments hurt, but there is little to no pain involved. You may feel cracks and pops, but the technique is done to relieve pain, not cause it.

What can I expect during an adjustment?

If you’ve never experienced chiropractic care before, we understand that seeking it out can be a little intimidating. We’ll explain every step of the way during your appointment to keep you comfortable and informed. We’ll ask about your symptoms, goals and medical history, and we’ll recommend the best treatment options for your needs.

If we are performing a neck adjustment, we may ask you to lie on your back in a relaxed position on our special tables. We will then rotate your head from side to side in a controlled motion to improve symptoms of neck tension or chronic headaches.

Lower back adjustments can be performed in a few different ways depending on your specific symptoms. During the adjustment, you may hear some cracks or pops from your joints, but you won’t feel any significant pain.

After your adjustment

Following the treatment, we’ll talk about the next steps. These may include further adjustments or simple at-home changes you can make to continue to reduce back pain or other symptoms.

Chiropractic adjustments are an effective and safe way to manage neck, back and shoulder pain. The vast majority of our patients report a sense of relaxation and reduction in symptoms after visits, and we are open six days a week for your convenience. Please call us today at 360-573-5500 to schedule your appointment and get the quickest possible relief from pain!

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