Isn’t pain such a pain?! Whether it be from your neck or your back or any area in your body, no one enjoys being in pain. Turns out, chiropractic adjustments are a tried and true method for alleviating this discomfort and we at Kaizo Health have what it takes to help!
Whenever looking for the right pain-relief treatment options for you and your needs, however, it’s always important to look at evidence-based practices that are safe, reliable and provide proven results. Chiropractic care provided by professionals is completely safe, gentle and a natural path to a healthy recovery without the need for additional medication or drugs.
Let’s dig in a little more.
Are Chiropractic Adjustments Safe?
The short answer, yes.
The biggest recommendation we have to anyone seeking chiropractic care is to ensure the chiropractor you are seeing is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic and uses evidence-based techniques. Evidence-based techniques are those that have been scientifically proven to be safe and effective.
According to the American Chiropractic Association, “The chiropractic physician typically uses his or her hands–or an instrument–to manipulate the joints of the body, particularly the spine, in order to restore or enhance joint function.” Another great, and safe, reason to pursue chiropractic care is because it is a completely holistic approach to medicine that is proven to be more effective than the use of medication.
Chiropractic care, especially combined with rehab exercises, is meant to restore the body’s overall function while reducing pain and preventing injuries from occurring in the future.
What’s the Popping Sound?
When a chiropractor adjusts the body, the techniques used may vary and some patients may be turned off by the odd motions or force-like movements the chiropractors make during an adjustment. Not to mention, you may even hear a loud “POP!” sound.
With every adjustment the doctors are carefully and strategically applying an appropriate amount of force to just the right spots along your spine that need to be released most. In fact, the release of pressure in the spine that produces the popping sound you may hear during an adjustment is the natural release of gas within the joints – a completely healthy response.
However, it is also important to note that not everyone will always experience a “POP” or two and that’s also completely healthy and normal. Our doctors are looking for a return in range of motion and mobilization more so than any popping sounds coming from the body.
Different Types of Adjustments
There’re many different types and styles of adjustments that help ease pain and improve mobility. The different styles of adjustments and the reason they are used can be seen in the video below.
Dr. Schapiro explains the reasons different styles of adjustments are generally used by different doctors is based on the doctors preference and the patient’s needs/preferences.
There are 3 main regions spinal adjustments are treating: the cervical spine (or neck), the thoracic spine (or upper/mid back) and the sacroiliac joint (the lower back and hips).
We can’t limit adjustments to just the spine though! Chiropractors have the ability to adjust almost any movable joint in the body. That’s why during an appointment, the doctor may also use manipulations for adjusting your ankles, wrists, legs and fingers or toes! Talk about full body relief.
What to Expect at the Chiropractor
Here at Kaizo Health, we believe that the first step to find relief from neck pain is to correctly identify the root cause of the pain. At every initial appointment with our doctors, you can expect to receive a full, head to toe examination to identify any structural issues in the neck and spine.
Once our docs diagnose the root causes, they work with our Rehab Specialists to design a treatment plan specifically customized to the your needs. The overall goal of every treatment plan we design is to help improve movement and reduce, if not eliminate, pain. Our doctors never just prescribe cookie cutter treatment plans, but instead have conversations with our patients to find out what will work best for them and the results that they want.
Benefits of Chiropractic Care:
- Back Pain Relief · Neck Pain Relief/Cervical Herniated Disc
- Headache Relief
- Sciatica Relief
- Hip Pain Relief
- Scoliosis Pain Relief
- Reduces Blood Pressure
- Increases Energy
- Improved Athletic Performance
- They can help reduce neck pain
- Improve how you move and
- Positively influence your brain and nervous system
Why It Works
Chiropractors focus on the structure and function of your spine. When your spine functions optimally, your body is in a better position to heal itself. Yes, you read that correctly. Your body has the incredible ability to heal itself without the need for medication. Research even shows that nearly 80% of people with a disc herniation in their neck have found relief with spinal adjustments.
Here’s what science says about it too…
- Drugs and surgery usually aren’t recommended for the care of neck pain due to their high risks and side-effects
- The Cleveland Clinic and American College of Physicians supports chiropractic adjustments for the care of neck issues
- Spinal adjustments are shown to provide more relief than steroid injections for neck pain caused by disc herniation
1. American Chiropractic Association. http://www.acatoday.org/Patients/Why-Choose-Chiropractic/Chiropractic-Frequently-Asked-Questions
2. Do you have a stiff neck? Try these simple remedies. Cleveland Clinic. 2015.
3. Outcomes from Magnetic Resonance Imaging-Confirmed Symptomatic Cervical Disk Herniation Patients Treated with High-Velocity, Low-Amplitude Spinal Manipulative Therapy. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. 2013.