When you injure your back or neck, you are often out of commission for at least a couple days. Sometimes you are even stuck in bed waiting for an ice pack to do its magic so that you can get up and do simple things again. If you experience a neck, back, or shoulder injury, it might be time to see a chiropractor for a chiropractic adjustment.
A chiropractic adjustment (or spinal manipulation) is a type of movement done by a chiropractor where he or she moves the injured joint past its typical range of motion. This makes the joint looser, allowing it to move normally. For example, if you experience a neck injury that makes it difficult to turn your head, your chiropractor might twist your head from side to side. During this type of treatment, you will typically lie face down on a padded table. You will probably hear a popping or cracking sound; this is due to escaping gas bubbles and is completely normal.
Chiropractic treatment is very common. In fact, about one-quarter of Americans experience lower back pain. The basis behind chiropractic treatment stems from the ideas that the body has an innate ability to heal itself, and everything in your environment has the ability to affect your health.
Although many people seek out chiropractic treatment after serious neck, back, or shoulder injuries, some people receive regular treatment for chronic injuries. This is what is called preventative care. Seniors often visit chiropractors to help keep their joints mobile.
Upon your first visit with your chiropractor, you want to be sure to explain to him or how your injury occurred. He or she will need to have background information on your injury to properly treat it.
Although minimal, certain side effects can occur. These include headaches, fatigue, and pain in the injured area. These typically do not last long. However, patients rarely experience side effects or pain following chiropractic treatment. In fact, many patients have reported that they felt instant relief from their injuries.
You don’t have to worry about first seeing your family doctor before finding a chiropractor. Chiropractors are primary caregivers, which means that you don’t need a referral from a doctor.
Guest blogger Dr. James Wood is a Lakeland, Florida chiropractor. He has been practicing for over thirty years. In addition to helping patients in the office, Dr. Wood has started sharing his knowledge online.