Adjustments & Manipulation
A spinal adjustment or spinal manipulation is a common therapeutic treatment for spinal pain. This realigning of a joint helps the joint achieve better mobility and function and may reduce pain, inflammation on swelling. The objective of this chiropractic treatment is to reduce the joint fixation, with the goals of decreasing pain, increasing range of motion, reducing nerve irritability, decreasing inflammation and improving function. The “popping’ sound often heard is a release of gas form the spine. The joints of the spine are synovial joints and produce fluid called synovial fluid. Think of this like the oil in the engine of your car. It lubricated the joints and help them move freely and smoothly. The byproducts formed in the production of synovial fluid are gasses – oxygen, nitrogen and CO2. When a joint is gapped, or opened up, the gas is released and you hear a distinctive popping sound. It’s very similar to the release of gas bubbles when you cork a champagne bottle.
These adjustment are considered relatively safe and your doctor is trained in considering if you are a candidate for spinal adjustments. According to the American Chiropractic Association:
“Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Although chiropractic has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. The risks associated with chiropractic, however, are very small. Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment, but some may experience mild soreness, stiffness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise. Current research shows that minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours.”
You may be a candidate for chiropractic care. Should you or a loved one require consultation we would be honored to render our services.