Typical Chiropractic Treatment

First appointment is over, now it is time for treatment. Adjustments are usually the core of any chiropractic treatment. The definition of chiropractic adjustment is a therapeutic manipulation that uses controlled force, leverage, direction, amplitude and velocity directed at specific joints. Sounds ominous doesn’t it? In more simple, not so scary terms your joints are going to be manipulated so as to get them back to where they are meant to be.

Adjustments are generally made to the spine (this may be why chiropractors are sometimes referred to as ‘back’ doctors), but they may also make adjustments to the joints in your ankles, knees, wrists or shoulders. As previously stated the body often compensates to protect an injured area of the body so restoring your extremities to their proper alignment may help to reduce the pain you are feeling along any part of your spine.

Treatment will generally take the form of a series of adjustments, separated by anything from one day to a week, during which time the irritation you are experiencing will gradually improve. The human body while smart is also very dumb. Once the body becomes accustomed to something whether is good or bad thing, it will stubbornly refuse to change what has become a habit. Your muscles have a memory and they need to be retrained to perform their jobs the way they are supposed to.

Adjustments are generally accompanied by the application of heat or ice, electrical stimulation, orthotic supports, rehabilitative exercise, diet counseling and nutritional supplements.

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