What You Should Know About Chiropractic

If you have yet to experience all the wonderful health benefits that chiropractic care has to offer, you may wondering just what it’s all about.  You might have heard terms like subluxation or adjustment being thrown around.  Chiropractors usually adjust their patients, which may lead to a healthier, more pain-free life.  The benefits to receiving regular chiropractic care are numerous.   Although the best way to understand why chiropractic is so effective and beneficial is to visit the clinic nearest you and receive your first adjustment, here is some general information about chiropractic that you might find informative.

What is an Adjustment?

A chiropractic adjustment is a manual procedure where a chiropractor uses his or her refined skills to adjust the spine if needed.  This usually painless procedure helps to restore and enhance joint function.  By restoring function and promoting proper nerve flow, an adjustment helps to alleviate joint pain and inflammation.  Receiving a chiropractic adjustment is a highly controlled and effective manipulation that hardly ever causes any discomfort or pain.  Chiropractors take a specialized approach to all their patients to make sure that the adjustment meets the individualized needs of each patient.

What is a Subluxation?

A subluxation is most often times described as a misalignment in the spine.  Adjustments work to address and correct any subluxations that exist.  Subluxations can occur very frequently depending on the patient and their activity level.  Sometimes a popping noise occurs when a chiropractor is adjusting a subluxation, but it is not your spine “cracking,” it is just gas being released from the joints and is perfectly normal.  This is much like the sound you hear when you crack your knuckles.

Do Adjustments Hurt?

Often times patients report feeling much better following an adjustment.  For some, it takes a couple adjustments to feel more relief.  In rare cases, a patient will experience some discomfort following an adjustment, but it usually subsides within a couple hours to a day at the most.  While adjustments are very safe, everyone’s body is different so everyone will react differently to the way their body is adjusted.

Chiropractors are skilled doctors who have spent years upon years practicing their techniques.  Receiving regular adjustments not only promotes a pain-free lifestyle but they can also help to foster overall wellness and health.  A chiropractor is not just an expert at adjusting the body, they take a holistic approach to health care where the entire body is of utmost importance.  They understand that merely masking the symptoms of the problem is by no means as effective as addressing the root cause.

If you have yet to have your first adjustment, what are you waiting for?  Don’t spend another day in pain or not functioning at your optimal level.


Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.

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