Chiropractors are trained and qualified professionals that are experts in identifying, treating, and managing conditions and issues that affect the musculoskeletal system. The musculoskeletal system refers to the bones of the skeleton, as well as the muscles and connective tissues that enable movement. Although chiropractors use many different techniques, one of the most common is a full chiropractic adjustment.
Chiropractic adjustment is a manual/hands-on technique during which controlled and careful pressure is applied to joints in the body. This is done to release pressure and fix any restrictions that could be causing pain and a range of other debilitating symptoms. However, contrary to popular belief, chiropractic adjustment isn’t just for the back. Different parts of the body and overall body function can be improved by manipulating the joints in the correct way.
If you’ve never had chiropractic treatment before, your first time could seem a little daunting. However, knowing what to expect can help to alleviate your concerns. Most appointments begin with a short consultation so that your chiropractor can ask you about your concerns, the symptoms that you are experiencing, and perform a visual assessment of your body positioning. This may involve your chiropractor asking you to perform certain movements in addition to observing your resting posture.
Manual adjustments are the most common technique used by chiropractors, although there are also others which may be applied at some point during your treatment program. These may be applied to your legs, hips, arms, and even your feet, as well as your back and neck. These shouldn’t be particularly painful, although the force that is needed may cause some discomfort. Your chiropractor should explain to you what they are doing and why while performing each action. If the discomfort becomes significant, it’s important that you let your chiropractor know.
It's normal to feel soreness after an adjustment that is similar to that experienced after a workout. However, over time, most people find that their muscles adjust and this lessens.
Chiropractic adjustments have been shown to have far-reaching benefits that go beyond simply resolving back pain and mobility issues. Research has shown that regular chiropractic treatment can help with conditions including:
Back and neck pain
Degenerative disc disease
High blood pressure
Inflammatory disorders such as gout, myositis, rheumatoid arthritis, and more
Neurological conditions like multiple sclerosis and epilepsy
Stress and anxiety
In addition to the above, regular chiropractic adjustments are also particularly popular amongst amateur and professional athletes. This is because by making sure that the spine is properly aligned, a chiropractor can help ensure that the body is functioning optimally, enhancing athletic performance and reducing the risk of future injury.
If you aren’t sure if chiropractic adjustments can help with your specific condition, speak to your chiropractor with your concerns. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please contact our experienced and friendly chiropractic team at Chiropractic Nashville in Nashville, Tennessee at (615) 205-1022 today.