What Is A Spinal Adjustment?

A spinal adjustment is a special procedure your chiropractor uses to correct or reduce vertebral subluxations. It can be a very powerful procedure. At the moment that a chiropractor corrects your vertebral subluxation, the flow of nerve impulses over the spinal cord and spinal nerves is normalized and your body begins to renew and rebuild itself.

Chiropractic Adjusting Techniques

Not all chiropractors work alike. The chiropractic profession has developed over a hundred different methods used to analyze the spine for subluxations and adjust the subluxations away. These methods are referred to as "techniques". Most chiropractors are familiar with at least a few of the many available. Each chiropractor usually has a favourite one that he or she employs for the majority of patients. Why not ask your chiropractor what type of adjusting technique he or she uses and why?

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The Same Goal

All chiropractors have the same goal in common - the elimination or reduction of the subluxation.

Your chiropractor will reduce and correct subluxations with highly skilled adjustments to your spine. If the subluxations have been present a short time, you may need only a few adjustments. However, long-term, chronic subluxations will require more frequent adjustments to retrain the problem areas of the spine to hold the vertebrae in their normal, healthy positions. As subluxations are corrected, your nervous system starts to function properly again, allowing your body to heal itself.

How many Adjustments do I need, and why so often?

Chiropractic adjustments restore proper motion and position to spinal bones that are misaligned and not moving properly and likely haven't been moving properly, possibly, for years. In the beginning, regular and frequent adjustments are needed to help your body learn 'healthy spinal movements, (For example, 3-4 visits per week for several weeks may be required).  As the subluxation pattern begins to improve, the frequency of adjustments will lessen.
It is also important to follow your Chiropractor's advice regarding changing sleeping positions, posture, work setup, etc to help to minimize the stresses on your spine to ensure healing will occur as fast as possible.

Remember, how often and for how long you get adjusted is always up to you!
Both depend on your goals - are you simply looking for pain relief,
or do you want to have a truly, optimally healthy body?

How Should I Feel After An Adjustment?

After an adjustment you may experience a feeling of deepening peace and relaxation. This relaxed feeling may last for the rest of the day or the week and may lead to deep refreshing sleep. Others have at times felt a warm feeling flowing to various parts of their bodies that's very soothing. Some feel very energetic and do all their chores or business that day with a light, happy feeling.

Others may find that the problems that they came to the chiropractor for have begun to lessen and there are some people who feel no difference after an adjustment. That does not necessarily mean that they are not benefiting from their adjustments, it just means that they're not feeling any external reaction.

A small minority may feel discomfort or muscle soreness, or some other uncomfortable feeling; this is sometimes called an "adjustment reaction". This is a normal soft tissue reaction.

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