There are no special preparations before a chiropractic adjustment.
Chiropractic treatment may require a series of visits to your chiropractor. It is important to ask your care provider about the frequency of visits and also be prepared to work them into your schedule.
It might be a good idea to bring your calendar along or have an idea of when in your schedule you can fit in visits to the chiropractic office.
Many health insurance policies cover chiropractic care, but you might want to check to see the number of treatments covered in a given period of time.
Here’s what you can expect before, during, and after your chiropractic adjustment procedure.
At your initial visit
Your chiropractor will ask questions about your health history and perform a physical exam, with particular attention to your spine. Your chiropractor may also recommend other examinations or tests, such as X-rays.
During the adjustment
During a typical chiropractic adjustment, your chiropractor places you in specific positions to treat affected areas.
Often, you're positioned lying face down on a specially designed, padded chiropractic table.
The chiropractor uses his or her hands to apply a controlled, sudden force to a joint, pushing it beyond its usual range of motion. You may hear popping or cracking sounds as your chiropractor moves your joints during the treatment session.
Your chiropractor may recommend other treatment approaches in combination with chiropractic adjustment, such as:
Heat or ice
After the adjustment
Some people experience minor side effects for a few days after chiropractic adjustment. These may include headache, fatigue or pain in the parts of the body that were treated.
6 Procedure Results
If you do not understand your chiropractic adjustment results, consult with your doctor.
Chiropractic adjustment can be a very effective procedure in the treatment of lower back pain, although most of the research done shows only a modest benefit similar to the results of more conventional treatments.
Some studies have shown that spinal manipulation may also be effective for headaches and other spine-related conditions, such as neck pain.
Not everyone has the capability of responding to a chiropractic adjustment. A lot depends on your individual situation. If your symptoms do not start to improve after several weeks of treatment, chiropractic adjustment might not be the best option in your case.
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