The Chiropractic Adjustment
Adjustments are performed to the joints that make up the spinal column. When a spinal joint becomes misaligned, it has the potential to lose its proper motion and cause interference to our nervous system (resulting in pain, muscle spasms and/or organ dysfunction). When this happens, we call it subluxation. The chiropractic adjustment is performed to reduce subluxations in order to re-balance the spine, restore motion to the joint and remove the interference to our nerve system.
We care for spines of all ages! From infants and children to adults and seniors, we will be able to tailor the adjustment to fit your size, age and any particular health issues you may have (i.e. osteoporosis, previous back surgery, etc.).
Frequently Asked Questions
- Are Chiropractic adjustments safe? Yes. A New Zealand government study found that adjustments are “remarkably safe.” Chiropractic care enjoys an excellent track record. A thorough exam can identify the rare person for whom chiropractic care might be unsuited.
- Will adjustments make my spine too loose? No. Only the spinal joints that are “locked up” receive adjustments. The occasional spinal joints that move too much, are passed over so weakened muscles and ligaments can stabilize and heal.
- How many adjustments will I need? The number of adjustments varies with each patient and their individual health goals. Many patients sense some progress within a week or two of frequent visits. Visits are less often as your spine stabilizes. In difficult cases, complete healing can take months or even years.
- Why would a newborn need an adjustment? With the amount of interventions we use during childbirth today (epidurals, forceps/vacuum, cesarean sections) it is extremely stressful on a newborns developing spine and nervous system. Colic, unusual crying, difficulty nursing or erratic sleeping habits can be signs of spinal distress. Adjustments are extremely gentle. The amount of pressure used during an adjustment on a newborn is comparable to the amount of pressure you can handle pressing your finger on your eyeball.
- Can I adjust myself? No. Some people can make their joints “pop” but that’s not an adjustment! Adjustments are specific and take years to master. Even your chiropractor must consult a colleague to benefit from chiropractic care.
- What does an adjustment feel like? Most patients report a sense of well-being or a feeling of calmness. Since repeated adjustments are necessary, if adjustments didn’t feel good, patients wouldn’t return to finish their care. Chiropractors are experts at making adjustments feel good.
- Can patients with osteoporosis have adjustments? Of course. When developing a care plan, your chiropractor considers the unique circumstances of each patient. There are many ways to adjust the spine. The method selected will be best suited to your age, size and spinal problem.
- Isn't some back pain normal? Pain of any kind, at any age, is a sign that something isn’t right. Pain is the way your body signals that a limit has been reached or a problem has developed. Since we can adapt, minor aches and pains are often shrugged off. While they may go away, if the underlying problem remains unattended, the problem can slowly worsen until it becomes more difficult and expensive to resolve.
- Can I have chiropractic after back surgery? Yes. Rest assured that we will avoid the surgically modified areas of your spine. However, surgery may produce compensation reactions either above or below the involved level. If necessary, these other areas will be the focus of your chiropractic care.