for Chiropractic Treatment

We hear all of our patient’s comments, concerns and questions and take them seriously. Here are a few FAQ’s for chiropractic treatment we have compiled.

What is a chiropractic adjustment?

Chiropractic adjustments, or spinal manipulation, are used to increase range of motion and improve the body’s physical function.  A patient typically lies face down on a padded table in a comfortable position.  Specific pressure points are targeted and sudden force is applied to the spinal joints.  This allows the joints to regain their proper alignment therefore reducing irritation, inflammation and chronic pain in the area.

Adjustments are done with specialized tools or applied with direct pressure from a chiropractor’s hands and arms.  Using their body weight leverage is applied to increase pressure at certain angles on the neck and lower back pain in order to alleviate tension deep in the muscle.

Most treatment takes around 6-10 sessions.

What is the popping sound?

This is a common FAQ’s for chiropractic treatment that comes up with patients each year.

Synovial fluid found in the cavities of joints is made up of oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide.  When joints shift the gases are suddenly released creating a popping or cracking sound.  This is not harmful when done by a professional or in moderation and can give a positive sensation to the patient.  The act relieves pressure on the joint and contributes to muscle relaxation.  Take caution if doing this habitually.  The fluid exists in that specific area to reduce friction between the joints.  Once compromised it may lead to chronic conditions.

Is it safe to crack your own back and neck?

The short answer: It depends.  Every once in a while is not a problem. In fact, it can be good for releasing tension at certain points in the body.  Working with a professional chiropractor is always recommended in this respect because each joint and area of tension can be monitored closely.  However, frequent cracking and popping of one’s back or neck can become problematic.  This can cause the cartilage to wear out and allow the viscous synovial fluid to drain.  It can eventually lead to more pain in the short run because of tendon or ligament tears or chronic inflammation that can appear as a result of overactivity.

How safe is chiropractic treatment?

Very safe.  However, with so much more research being dedicated to this area in past decades, the question comes up less.  This is the reason over 30 million people annually choose chiropractic care to help with back and neck pain.  All chiropractic clinicians go through rigorous testing and are board certified.  In fact, chiropractors have lower premiums than even medical doctors.  Essentially meaning, the insurance industry that analyzes and assesses risk and liability sees chiropractic care as a less risky endeavor than even traditional medical care.

The treatment is, as a point of fact, considered a part of the holistic approach. Strongly consider this a safe alternative to surgery and taking addictive medications.

We hope these FAQ’s for chiropractic care have answered your questions and alleviated some of your concerns. If you have further questions please contact us directly at the Pain & Injury Clinic of Utah in Ogden, UT and we’ll make it a priority to get back with you promptly.

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