Chiropractic adjustments and spinal adjustments are common terms employed by chiropractors, particularly chiropractic doctors, to describe their methods of spinal manipulation, and even by some chiropractic specialists, who regard the term adjustment as synonymous with chiropractic care. Chiropractic adjustments are usually conducted to relieve pain and subside inflammation. The methods of chiropractic care may include spinal adjustment, or joint manipulation, or even manual techniques such as massage, application of heat, application of ice, electrical stimulation, or ultrasound. The scope of chiropractic care is vast, and it is usually practiced by health-care providers, including chiropractic doctors.
Some chiropractic adjustments are aimed at treating the physiological basis of the disorder, while other ones are aimed at treating the pathology, or pathology-related issues. For instance, a chiropractor may treat the underlying pathology of subluxation, which includes chronic tension, strained muscles, overuse, or misalignment of vertebrae, while doing a spinal manipulation that will help reduce inflammation and increase range of motion. Chiropractic doctors may also target problematic neurological subluxations, which can result in sensory manifestations such as pain, numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness. Some of these neurological subluxations are associated with low back pain and chronic inflammation, which are often the root cause of subluxation.
A chiropractic doctor should ask a series of questions before starting a treatment plan and should follow up with a series of questions after the treatment has ended. These questions should help determine the effectiveness of the treatment plan and will also help to establish what caused the pain and dysfunction. When patients visit a chiropractic doctor for the first time, they should be asked questions about previous subluxation and treatment history, as this will help determine how well the chiropractic doctor knows his or her patients. In addition, the chiropractic doctor should also ask questions about symptoms such as numbness, pain, muscle weakness, and range of motion, and should evaluate these symptoms on their own before starting a treatment plan based on them.
While chiropractic care is effective for treating most acute and chronic issues, it is important for patients to realize that there are sometimes uncomfortable side effects involved with chiropractic adjustments. Some of these uncomfortable side effects include mild discomfort or soreness in the area treated, and occasionally, a disc can shift or move slightly off its location, which can be uncomfortable. This can be particularly true if a patient moves his or her spine while getting a chiropractic adjustment, as the pressure from the adjustments can strain nerves. This can also be true if a patient does not get enough traction during the adjustments, since without traction, some problems cannot be treated. In addition, sometimes chiropractic adjustments can cause inflammation, and if this inflammation persists, it can lead to long-term health problems that will require treatment from a medical standpoint.
Because some people suffer from neuromusculoskeletal complaints, such as neck pain, whiplash, or back pain, they may be prone to encountering some uncomfortable side effects from chiropractic adjustments. One of the most common symptoms of a spinal misalignment is a sudden force against the spine. Sudden force against a structure can jar it, which can cause a person to feel an uncomfortable ache. Some chiropractors use the technique of popping or squeezing in order to relieve pressure from the spine, but this technique can cause inflammation and be extremely painful for the patient. A chiropractor should discuss any sudden force with a trained chiropractor before using this technique.
Before any spinal misalignment treatment takes place, you should ask questions about your symptoms and whether they are related to a spinal misalignment. Chiropractors are trained to know if a patient is suffering from neuromusculoskeletal problems, like neck pain or whiplash. If you have these symptoms, you should also ask questions about your chiropractic adjustment experience. Chiropractic physicians are highly trained health care professionals who have been trained to detect and treat conditions that may affect the health of their patients.