Chiropractic adjustments are specifically made to areas of the spine that are subluxated, a term meaning simply “vertebrae that is out of alignment with the bone above or below it causing nerve irritation.” Chiropractors use their hands or adjusting tools to make a very slight positive change to the subluxated vertebrae. By relieving the pressure on the nervous system the body can begin to heal itself. When making an adjustment to a joint, a “popping” sound may be created. That sound is gas that is released from the joint being adjusted. A similar action is when someone “pops” their knuckles.
Side note: When a joint is out of alignment and pressure is put on the nervous system, pain is not immediately felt in most situations. It can take days or possibly years for that negative pressure on the nerve to cause symptoms for the patient.
As a matter of fact, the only time a symptom is not the direct result of something that has not been building up for days to years, is when it is a result of trauma such as a car accident, sports injury or fall.
Nearly 99% of the time the final act – picking up a piece of paper, or sneezing, or even sleeping – is “just the final straw that breaks the camels back.”
Summary of a first visit to the office:
- X-ray if warranted and needed
- Adjustment – if doctor feels that it is warranted and will help of course (if not refer to another professional)
Each doctor will talk their patient through every step of the first visit so there are no surprises. This also helps the patient feel comfortable with the care and treatment the entire time. Each patient leaves with verbal instructions on how they should expect to feel over the next 24 hours.
They are also set up for a second appointment at which time the doctor will:
- Go over their information and x-rays with them
- Explain everything
- Give a second adjustment
- And then sit down with the patient to present a care plan to correct and maintain their health.
Nothing will ever be done that the patient is not aware of and consenting to have done.