The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as spinal adjustment, also called chiropractic adjustment. The purpose of an adjustment is to restore joint mobility and reduce nerve pressure by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile – or restricted in their movement – as a result of a stressor injury.
Spinal stress can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. Life’s events such as automobile accidents, sports injuries, repetitive work, emotional or chemical stress can cause our bodies to initiate the “fight or flight” response. This response can manifest as disease, headaches, stomach problems, back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and loss of overall health. The vital instruction flow between the brain and the body, via the spinal nerves, becomes blocked. We call this blockage vertebral subluxation. A spinal adjustment seeks to correct the subluxations, remove interference and provide a clear path for the body to return to its optimal form and function.
Does the adjustment hurt?
Chiropractic adjustment rarely causes discomfort. However, patients may sometimes experience mild soreness or aching following treatment (as with some forms of exercise) that usually resolves within 12 to 48 hours.
Why are X-rays taken?
Chiropractors use x-rays in the evaluation, examination and care of the spine similar to the way a dentist uses x-ray to care for the teeth. The inside look gives the chiropractor the advantage of revealing the presence or absence of proper spinal curves, spinal malpositions, and seeing any long-term effects of neglected spinal trauma.
Are there other methods used for spinal adjusting?
At Stucky Chiropractic Center, we are proud to offer the best in hands-on chiropractic care and the latest in chiropractic technologies and therapies including manual spinal adjustment, computerized instrument adjustment, spinal decompression therapy, and spinal rejuvenation therapy. Our chiropractors have a century of combined experience in chiropractic care, broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling. “Your Health Is Our Mission”, and we welcome the opportunity to earn your trust.