Back & Spine Adjustments in Eau Claire WI
When people see a chiropractor for a back or spine adjustment, most of them do not really know what exactly is involved in the process of manipulation and adjustment. When a chiropractor makes an adjustment the patient may hear some popping sounds which they equate to their back being “cracked”. The popping sound is not necessary for a successful manipulation and trying to achieve that popping sound after every movement can even be harmful.
The first thing that a chiropractor will do is ask you a series of questions to determine the exact nature of any injury or issue that you are experiencing. With a back or spine adjustment, you will need to lie on your stomach on the chiropractor’s table. Next, you may feel the chiropractor running their hands along both sides of your spine to feel for any muscle that is in spasm. They will also be checking to see if all vertebrae are in alignment.
The chiropractor may move your legs around – side to side and up and down to see if there are any ligament or disc issues. Pain the lower back that causes leg pain can be the result of the sciatic nerve being pinched. When the chiropractor moves your legs around, they will ask you to indicate if any position makes you feel pain.
Through a series of movements and adjustments, the chiropractor will work through the body and make adjustments that can release pressure from nerves and help to ease pain. Many of the adjustments involve quick thrusting movements which are designed to help with realignment. All of these movements are designed to realign the spine by making adjustments to the vertebrae which can improve range of motion.
Your chiropractor will want to see you several times in the first few weeks until everything starts to readjust and function properly. You may also under nutritional counseling and exercise rehabilitation as part of your overall treatment plan.
There are a variety of therapeutic effects that occur with chiropractic manipulation. Certain body tissues may be tight and through chiropractic treatments endorphins can be released through the stimulation of certain trigger points. Manipulation can improve the flow of blood to structures within the body that have been cut off from fresh nutrients.
Patients often feel instantly better after they have had a chiropractic treatment because the pressure they feel on their nerves has been released. A chiropractic manipulation moves a joint through its full range of motion which sends proprioceptive signals to the brain which the brain records. This kind of manipulation helps to restore the correct and full function of that area of the body.
The short term goals of chiropractic care are to relieve pain, but the long term goals are to restore the full and proper function of joints and bones so that you can move without pain. Chiropractic care is a safe and effective way to treat acute back pain and has been proven to be an effective treatment for neck pain and headaches.