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  • Writer's pictureDr Claire Chittleborough

The chiropractic adjustment

Are you experiencing frequent headaches, neck or back pain? You may need an adjustment! Adjustments have amazing benefits for not only your spine but your whole well-being. It may seem a bit daunting at first but don’t worry, we’ve got your back — pun intended!

What is a chiropractic adjustment?

Chiropractic adjustment or spinal manipulation is the process of applying a controlled and specific amount of force in a precise direction to a joint in the spine. It is normal for joints to be moved beyond the normal range of motion to restore proper function. Adjustments allow us to correct a restricted joint by improving range of motion and overall well-being.

Adjustments may be performed by hand or with a small instrument. Drop tables are also commonly used. Once force is applied, a specific area of the chiropractic bed drops and can assist in performing an adjustment. The amount of pressure applied varies, depending on your presentation.

You may be wondering what the ‘pop’ or ‘crack’ sound is? Don’t be alarmed, it is completely normal and what we like to hear! It is caused by small air bubbles in the fluid around your joints. When joints are adjusted, air bubbles pop due to the change in pressure in the joint.

Why are adjustments useful?

Adjustments help us to treat a range of conditions and get your body back to functioning at its best! Some common health concerns that benefit from manipulation:

● Headaches

● Back and neck pain

● Scoliosis

● Sciatica

● Postural problems

It’s important to know that chiropractic care is not limited to the above conditions. Here at the clinic, we can help people feel their best and improve their overall health! Chiropractic adjustment can also help to:

● Relieve pain

● Reduce stress

● Improve mobility

● Restore joint function

● Improve spinal motion

● Reduce inflammation

● Improve athletic performance

● Prevent body overload and injury

Any risks?

We’ll perform a thorough assessment and review your medical history to make sure we prescribe the most appropriate treatment at all times. Sometimes we get asked if adjustments hurt — don't worry, whilst brief discomfort may be felt, the effects are relieving, with most of our patients describing their adjustment treatments as ‘relaxing’.

We will opt to use spinal mobilisation if adjustment is inappropriate. Mobilisation doesn't involve a thrust motion and keeps the joint within a normal range of motion. This may be used on clients with osteoporosis, increased risk of stroke, numbness or tingling in the arms or legs, or patients who have a current diagnosis or history of cancer.

Overall, chiropractic care is considered low risk. However, with all spinal healthcare there is potential for complications. It is common to feel increased muscle soreness, joint stiffness and an increase in pain following an adjustment, but these usually resolve quickly. As long as we do our job of screening you properly, and make an informed decision on a suitable technique for you, then risk of any more serious complications, such as damage to a blood vessel or nerve around the spine is very, very rare.

Adjustment is a treatment that is only used after skillful consideration of the injury and a thorough discussion with the patient. Rest assured, we always have your best interests at heart - and we’d never perform any treatment that makes you feel uncomfortable.

If you are ready to take the next step in your health and say goodbye to pain, get in touch by calling 0413 774 399 or email to book an appointment.

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