A chiropractic adjustment is a therapeutic procedure commonly used for lower back pain, headaches, and neck pain. Also known as spinal manipulation, chiropractic manipulation, or manual manipulation, a chiropractic adjustment aims to reduce subluxation, or the slight misalignment of the vertebrae, while helping improve function and range of motion, and reducing nerve irritability.
A chiropractic adjustment involves the use of manipulation to a spinal joint with abnormal function or unusual movement patterns. Chiropractors use their hands (and sometimes small instruments) to apply sudden yet controlled pressure to a spinal joint.
Gonstead adjustment at New Health Medical
At New Health Medical, we use the Gonstead method of chiropractic to provide gentle and precise spinal adjustments for our patients in Torrance and the South Bay area.
Our Gonstead chiropractors use a biomechanical approach to the spine, taking its structure into account in order for them to correctly make adjustments. Our Gonstead doctors are experts in ensuring patients are in a mechanically correct position before proceeding with the adjustment. To make the spinal adjustment as thorough and painless as possible, precise adjustment and accurate positioning is required.
Gonstead doctors at New Health Medical specialize in the complete evaluation and correction of misaligned joints of the upper and lower limbs.
Preparation for a chiropractic adjustment
You won’t need to make any special preparation before getting a chiropractic adjustment.
Getting an adjustment may require several visits. The frequency of your visits depends on your condition, so it is recommended you prepare your schedule to anticipate regular visits for a couple of weeks or more.
What can I expect during a chiropractic adjustment?
On your first visit, expect the chiropractor to ask you a few questions regarding your symptoms, medical history, previous accidents, and so on. He or she will then perform a physical exam while focusing on your spine in particular. Other tests or examinations such as x-rays may be recommended.
During a chiropractic adjustment, expect your chiropractor to place you in different positions in order for him or her to treat the affected areas. Chances are, you’ll be spending a bit of time lying face down on a special chiropractic table. By using his or her hands, your chiropractor will apply sudden, controlled force to one of your joints, shifting it outside its normal range of motion. At times, you might hear unusual cracking or popping sounds as your chiropractor manipulates your joints during treatment.
After the chiropractic adjustment
After getting a chiropractic adjustment, other beneficial treatment methods that enhance your chiropractic adjustment may be recommended by your chiropractor. Some of these approaches include exercise, massage therapy, stretching, heat and ice, electrical stimulation, and more.
There are some people who experience a few side effects after the first couple of days. These side effects may include fatigue, headache, and pain and soreness in the treated area.
While chiropractic adjustments can be highly effective in treating low back pain, headaches, neck pain, and other spine-related issues, it’s important to note that not everyone responds to the treatment.