What is a chiropractic adjustment?

Have you ever been unsure what to do with that sore neck or back that's been bothering you? Thought about visiting a chiropractor, but felt daunted by the unknown? At Body in Motion Chiropractic we would like to help dispel some of your fears, and make you feel at ease with your decision.

First off, chiropractic care focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the the effects these disorders have on your general health. Our services at Body in Motion are utilized to treat complaints associated with neuromusculoskeletal disorders that include, but are not limited to: neck pain, back pain, joint pain and headaches. 

In order to treat these disorders or complaints, we use what is typically called a chiropractic adjustment. Another term for this is spinal manipulation. An adjustment, or manipulation is used in order to restore mobility in joints that have become restricted in their movement. This is done by applying controlled pressure or force into joints and tissues in a very small, but quick movement. Adjusting the affected joints and tissues restores mobility and proper circulation, alleviates pain and muscle tightness, and allows affected tissues to heal properly.

Some people say that they are hesitant to see a chiropractor because of the "cracks and pops" that are often associated with an adjustment. Have you ever wondered where those noises come from? Every joint in the body has a fluid layer in between the bones; when a joint isn't moving properly, pressure builds up within that fluid-filled joint space. When the chiropractor applies force to the joint, the small, quick stretch releases that pressure which can create a "popping" sound, similar to opening a jar. These sounds are nothing to be concerned about, and vary quite a bit from person to person. Some patients can be adjusted from head to toe without making a sound, while others will pop & crackle like a bag of popcorn. The true effectiveness of the treatment is in the motion, not the noise. 

For more information on what to expect at your first visit, feel free to give us a call or email us! We'd love to hear any questions or concerns you may have & to find out how we can help you reach your health and wellness goals.