What does a chiropractor do?
Chiropractic care, like adjustments, allows for musculoskeletal treatment with no invasive, surgical intervention or long-term use of medications. The spine and musculoskeletal system provide the human body with the framework and structure needed to support our body weight. Not only that, many crucial body systems like the metabolic system and neurologic system rely heavily on the spine remaining in proper alignment so they can function without interruption or delay.
A chiropractor is a licensed health professional that specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of various disorders and injuries involving the musculoskeletal system of the human body. Whether you are looking for a holistic, natural alternative to conventional medicine for an existing injury, preventative medicine, or education about the human body and how you can enhance your daily living, a chiropractor can help!
What is a chiropractic adjustment?
As you move throughout the day, gasses and toxins like carbon dioxide, oxygen, and nitrogen travel through the body becoming trapped in various joints like your knees, ankles, wrists, and knuckles. When these gasses cannot release on their own, you begin to experience pain in the affected joint, making it difficult to use the limb.
A chiropractic adjustment is a non-invasive treatment provided by a highly skilled professional who specializes in disorders and injuries involving the musculoskeletal system. The musculoskeletal system, a critical structure in the human body, is made up of bones, ligaments, connective tissues, cartilage, and tendons.
A chiropractic adjustment can be done on a:
What are the benefits of a chiropractic adjustment?
Chiropractic adjustments focus on treating injuries involving the musculoskeletal system and identifying the underlying cause of unknown symptoms.
Benefits of chiropractic adjustments include:
- Less frequent migraines
- Reduced pain throughout the body
- Better posture
- Improved range of motion in the joints and spine
- Symptom improvement of chronic conditions like arthritis and osteoarthritis
- Treatment for tension or stress disorders
- Improve the body’s ability to heal itself
- Healing from whiplash or other car accident-related injuries
- Natural, drug-free treatment
What is involved in a chiropractic adjustment?
After the initial consultation with your chiropractor at Tualatin Accident and Injury Chiropractic, you will talk with the doctor about your treatment plan that is tailored to your needs based on your current symptoms, physical examination, and imagery findings.
If a chiropractic adjustment is indicated, your chiropractor will apply quick, controlled pressure to predetermined areas of your body with their hands or with the help of specialized tools.
You will begin by laying on a medical grade table that can slant or “drop” different areas of the body allowing your chiropractor to target certain areas. They will apply direct force through controlled motion or stretch affected joints just beyond the normal range of motion. In doing so, they can restore proper alignment of the vertebrae, release trapped toxins and gasses within joints, and alleviate symptoms affecting your daily life.
There is little to no pain accompanied by chiropractic adjustments. You may experience popping or cracking sensations during the appointment. As you move around throughout the day, oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide flow through the body. With various movements, however, these gasses become lodged within the joints. Similar to the sound you hear when popping your knuckles, the release of gasses during a chiropractic adjustment produces the same sensations.
With the first few chiropractic visits, you might experience soreness or discomfort within the first 24 hours. This will subside and become less noticeable the more you go and rarely affects a person’s ability to continue daily activities.
Common chiropractic adjustment techniques include:
- Spinal mobilization
- Myofascial release
- Spinal manipulation
- Activate release
- Thompson drop
- Direct thrust
- Extremity manipulation