Frequently Asked Questions About Chiropractic Care
Looking for assistance with muscular pain and imbalances? A chiropractor may be able to help. Any neuromusculoskeletal complaints that the average person has, such as stiff hips or crooked shoulders, can find relief with chiropractic manipulation. If you are considering a visit to the chiropractor, you probably have some questions. Here are some things you must know about chiropractic care to help you understand exactly what it is we do:
- Are chiropractic sessions safe?
Yes! Chiropractic has been researched thoroughly by both Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation and the American Chiropractic Association for safety and has been designated as a great form of complementary care for patients of all ages and conditions. If you ever feel unsafe in a session, you don’t have to stay there.
- Does a chiropractic session hurt?
No, adjustments should never hurt. While you may experience some soreness or tightness after than adjustment, this is merely your body reacting to being put back into alignment. The pain will disappear just as it would after leg day at the gym.
- What do chiropractors do?
Chiropractors work with musculoskeletal imbalances that cause backaches, neck pain, and headaches. These imbalances are worked through manipulation, or movements that may be akin to massage, light pressure, or mobility exercises that work to loosen the connective tissues, such as ligaments and tendons.
- Can chiropractors work with children?
Yes, children may undergo chiropractic sessions, especially if they are experiencing pain from falls during physical education class or extracurricular activities. Chiropractic sessions are also adapted to the individual, regardless of their age.
- What is spinal manipulation?
Spinal manipulation is the mode in which a Doctor of Chiropractic aids their patient. Learning how to properly provide a spinal manipulation or chiropractic adjustment takes many years. The purpose is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a slight force or pressure to the joint that has been become either hyper or hypomobile. This is usually a result of injury, such as repetitive stress or improper lifting technique. Manipulation may aid in mobility and alleviate some of the pain resulting from tight muscles.
Because every person is unique, spinal manipulation may be more effective for some than it is for others. That said, everyone can kind some relief from a re-adjustment of their spine and muscle massage.
- How often should I visit the chiropractor?
The nature of a chiropractic session might require multiple visits—but this is based solely on the individual and how you feel once visiting a couple of times. Depending on your body, you might require more sessions than someone else. Your chiropractor will be able to provide more insight during a consultation.
- What is that cracking sound?
Manipulation or adjustment sometimes works out the gas bubbles that might have formed between the joints, similar to the sensation you feel when you crack your knuckles. This is a natural occurrence that happens when the gas bubbles are released and the pressure dissipates.
Now that some of your questions about going to the chiropractor have been answered, you might want to call for a consultation. We will be more than happy to talk about any other questions or concerns you might have.