A chiropractic adjustment is defined as a procedure during which trained chiropractors (who are specialists in the musculoskeletal system) use their hands or instruments in order to apply controlled, sudden force to one or more spinal joints. The goal of this is to bring the musculoskeletal structure into proper alignment. Adjustments, also known as manipulations, are the technique most commonly associated with chiropractic treatment. Others include spinal decompression, massage, and trigger point therapy.
Chiropractic adjustments can be used to help patients overcome a wide range of different issues. These include, but aren’t limited to:
Non-specific back pain
Chronic back pain
Degenerative disc diseases
Scoliosis and sciatica
Relief from headaches
Reducing high blood pressure
Improvement in neurological conditions such as epilepsy and multiple sclerosis
Better quality and quantity of sleep
Improved mental health
Your chiropractor will work with you to discover the cause of the symptoms that you are experiencing and, where appropriate, will use chiropractic adjustments. Chiropractors aim to not only relieve the effects you are suffering from but also to treat the underlying cause.
Chiropractic care is considered a complementary therapy that is often used alongside conventional medicine. However, the benefits of chiropractic treatment mean that it can be used to replace it. Some of the most popular benefits of chiropractic treatments include:
It is non-invasive, meaning no incisions or need for anesthetic
There is no downtime following treatment
Patients may feel a little sore afterward, but there is no prolonged discomfort
Sessions are usually fairly short and can be easily fit into your daily schedule
Treatment plans are tailored to your needs
Treatment plans can also be adjusted where required
Chiropractic treatment doesn’t interfere with any medications that you may already be taking
There are no real side effects or major risks associated with the techniques
Chiropractic care is used to treat the underlying cause of the problem rather than just the effects
Treatment is drug-free
Many patients find that chiropractic treatment reduces or eliminates their need for prescription pain medications
Unfortunately, there is no straightforward answer as to how often you should get a chiropractic adjustment. Every patient is completely unique and has their own individual issues that they are using chiropractic techniques to address. As a result, they will also all have their own bespoke treatment plans which are created according to their needs but may change over time based on the patient's developments.
It’s not uncommon for chiropractic adjustments to be performed multiple times over a relatively short period initially. This intensive treatment is designed to try and achieve maximum relief from your symptoms as quickly as possible. It is recommended in instances where pain or mobility problems are severely affecting your quality of life. It may be that in the first few weeks of your treatment, you attend two or even three appointments per week to receive chiropractic adjustments. Then, depending on how your body responds to the treatment, the frequency of these appointments may then be reduced.
For more information about chiropractic adjustments, or to schedule an appointment with our team, please get in touch with Castelli Chiropractic Center in Jacksonville, Florida by calling (904) 320-0409.