What to Expect During Your Chiropractic Adjustment
On/At the initial visit and every visit following we take time to discuss the concerns that brought the patient in for care that day. Afterwards we use muscle testing, neurological testing, and palpation testing to gather more information about your body which helps to decide the treatment for that day.
The most common type of chiropractic adjustment, and what we typically use in our office, involves the doctor’s hands manipulating/adjusting parts of your body. Another commonly used form of adjustment we use in our office includes Drop Table, where a section of the table is lifted up and drops with a slight noise when the doctor pushes on your spine. A third type we use in our office is the usage of S.O.T. blocking. This form of treatment involves the use of wedges placed underneath your pelvis for an extended period of time which will enable muscles to relax and the adjustment often times to be more comfortably received.
An adjustment is usually comfortable to receive even though you may hear some popping noises when it is made. Simply put, this is a pressure release of the gasses that build up in a stuck/fixated joint. There are, however, some occasions when there may be some discomfort, as when there is muscle spasm or inflammation around the area being adjusted. Your doctor will take great care to minimize this occurrence.
Some patients might have concerns or preferences when receiving an adjustment. If you have any requests at the time of treatment please let the doctor know in advance and she will customize your treatment in this regard.
Our tables have capability to raise or lower pending on patient or doctor’s needs. They raise and lower for the patient’s and doctor’s comfort. A table can also accommodate pregnant patients, allowing them to lie face down for an adjustment throughout their pregnancy.
Depending on the complexity of your condition, your doctor may include other treatment modalities before or after your adjustment. Examples include heat packs, ARPwave electric stimulation, stretching, trigger point therapy, and manual therapy.
If there are any additional concerns, questions or inquiries of interest please do not hesitate to call the office in advance or ask the doctor during your visit.