A chiropractic adjustment, also known as a spinal manipulation, works by restoring proper movement and alignment to the joints of the spine. The spine is made up of a series of bones called vertebrae, which are cushioned by small, shock-absorbing pads called discs. When the spine becomes misaligned or compressed, it can cause a condition called segmental dysfunction. Segmental dysfunction can interfere with the normal functioning of the spine, leading to pain, inflammation, and other symptoms.
During an adjustment, the chiropractor applies a controlled force to the joint, in a specific direction, to help restore its normal movement and alignment. This helps to reduce the pressure on the nerves and improves the function of the spine. The improved function of the nervous system can reduce pain and inflammation and help the body to heal itself.
Additionally, the adjustment can improve the blood flow and the flow of cerebrospinal fluid which is responsible for nourishing the nervous system, and help to reduce muscle tension and spasms. The adjustment can also help to improve flexibility and range of motion, which can help to prevent future injuries.
When you receive a manual chiropractic adjustment, our doctors will gently manipulate your spine and surrounding areas that are not functioning correctly. Most patients who receive this treatment experience a sensation of relief. You may experience some discomfort for a short time if your surrounding muscles spasm or if you tense up during treatment. Your chiropractic adjustment may also be performed in conjunction with massage therapy or another relaxation treatment.
It’s important to note that while chiropractic adjustments may be effective in treating certain conditions, they may not be appropriate for everyone. It’s always a good idea to consult with a chiropractor or a medical professional before starting any kind of treatment.
To learn more about manual chiropractic adjustment in Lehi or Orem, Utah, and to schedule your appointment with Dr. Jeff Brown, Dr. Scott Harris, Dr. Erik Madsen, or Dr. Tyler Baker please contact us today.
What is the mechanism of a chiropractic adjustment?
The mechanism of a chiropractic adjustment is thought to involve several different processes, including:
- Mechanical changes: The adjustment physically alters the position and movement of the affected joint, which can help to reduce pain, inflammation, and muscle tension.
- Neural changes: The adjustment can change the way the nerves communicate with the brain and spinal cord. This can improve the function of the nervous system, which can reduce pain, inflammation, and muscle tension.
- Biochemical changes: The adjustment can also lead to the release of certain chemicals in the body, such as endorphins, which are natural pain relievers and mood elevators. This can help to reduce pain and promote relaxation.
- Inflammatory response: The adjustment may also help to reduce inflammation by altering the way the body responds to injury and pain.
- Vascular response: The adjustment may also improve blood flow, which can help to reduce muscle tension and spasms, improve range of motion and flexibility, and promote healing.
It’s important to note that the mechanism of an adjustment can vary depending on the specific technique used. It’s also important to note that while chiropractic adjustments may be effective in treating certain conditions, they may not be appropriate for everyone. It’s always a good idea to consult with a chiropractor before starting any kind of treatment.
What is the popping sound during an adjustment?
The popping sound heard during a chiropractic adjustment, also known as “cavitation,” is the sound of gas being released from the joint. This is caused by a phenomenon known as joint cavitation, which occurs when the pressure inside the joint is suddenly reduced. This reduction in pressure causes a release of gases, primarily nitrogen and carbon dioxide, from the joint fluid and synovial fluid. The release of these gases creates a popping sound, similar to the sound of opening a can of soda.
This sound is normal and is not harmful. It’s simply the sound of the joint being manipulated, and it should not cause pain or discomfort. The popping sound is an indication that the joint has moved and that the adjustment has been successful.
It’s important to note that not all joints make a popping sound during an adjustment, and it’s not necessary for the sound to be heard to determine that the adjustment was successful. The popping sound is not a reliable indicator of the effectiveness of the adjustment. The main goal of the adjustment is to restore normal movement and alignment to the joint, which can improve the function of the nervous system and reduce pain and inflammation.
How does an adjustment relax muscles?
An adjustment may relax muscles by addressing the underlying cause of muscle tension and spasms. When the joints in the spine become misaligned or compressed, it can lead to muscle tension and spasms, as the body tries to compensate for the loss of normal movement and alignment.
It’s important to note that while chiropractic adjustments may be effective in relaxing muscles, they may not be appropriate for everyone and other therapies like massage, stretching, and exercises may be needed for better results. It’s always a good idea to consult with a chiropractor or a medical professional before starting any kind of treatment.
What's the difference between chiropractic care and PT?
Chiropractic care and physical therapy (PT) are both forms of healthcare that aim to improve movement and function, but they differ in their approach and the techniques they use.
Chiropractic care is a type of alternative medicine that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular disorders, with an emphasis on the spine. Chiropractors use a variety of techniques, such as spinal adjustments and manipulation, to improve spinal alignment and alleviate pain. Chiropractic care may also include the use of physical modalities, such as heat and cold therapy, and the use of dietary and lifestyle recommendations.
Physical therapy, on the other hand, is a type of medical treatment that aims to improve mobility, reduce pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or diseases. Physical therapists use a variety of techniques, such as exercises, stretches, and manual therapy, to improve strength, flexibility, and range of motion. They may also use modalities like heat and cold therapy, as well as electrical stimulation, to reduce pain and inflammation.
In summary, chiropractic care and physical therapy both aim to improve movement and function, but they differ in their focus and the techniques they use. Chiropractic care focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular disorders, with an emphasis on the spine, while physical therapy aims to improve mobility, reduce pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities due to injury or disease.
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