Talk with your chiropractor to decide what type of treatment is best for you from a standard manual adjustment, drop table or light tissue mobilization.
One of the most common and well known therapeutic procedures performed by doctors of chiropractic is spinal manipulation (sometimes referred to as a "chiropractic adjustment"). The purpose of spinal manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into a joint. Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for an individual. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, allowing tissues to heal.
Chiropractic adjustment rarely causes discomfort. However, patients may sometimes experience mild soreness or aching following treatment (as with some forms of exercise) that usually resolves within 12 to 48 hours. Compared to other common treatments for pain, such as over-the-counter and prescription pain medications, chiropractic's conservative approach offers a safe and effective option.
The combination of the history, exam, and diagnostic studies will enable your doctor of chiropractic to reach a diagnosis, which will help him to determine whether chiropractic services are appropriate for your condition As part of this process, the doctor will explain your condition, recommend a treatment plan and review the risks and benefits of treatment. Based on the extent, timing or severity of the patient’s condition, chiropractic treatment may require one to several visits. Patients may also receive advice on home care, lifestyle modifications, exercise instruction, and nutritional advice.
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