WHAT IS A CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENT?
Chiropractic adjustment is a procedure, or range of procedures, performed by a qualified and experienced chiropractor. It involves using one or a combination of techniques employing hands-on adjustments, special instruments (like an activator), and purpose-designed tables.
HOW DO CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENTS HELP THE BODY?
Known for the treatment of back pain, there are a number of chiropractic benefits that are about more than just alleviating pain in the back. The reason why many people go see a chiropractor for back pain is because it has been shown to be especially effective in treating back-related issues, especially pain in the lower back. Chiropractic care is also very effective in treating neck pain, particularly when it’s the result of whiplash from a car accident or other trauma. Chiropractic techniques do not involve the use of medicine. This makes chiropractic treatment very popular, since patients don’t have to deal with potential side-effects. A chiropractor has more than 150 techniques at his or her disposal for treating various ailments, including adjustments and chiropractic massage. This means that they can offer extremely personalised care for virtually any body type.
DO CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENTS HURT?
Considering that chiropractic treatment revolves around the manipulation of muscles and the skeleton (especially the spine), applying the techniques may cause some discomfort. In some cases this might be painful, but it’s the exception rather than the norm.
ARE CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENTS SAFE?
Yes. According to the World Health Organization considers chiropractic treatment safe, as long as it is applied by a qualified and experienced chiropractor. People suffering from rheumatoid arthritis or osteoporosis are adjusted by a Chiropractor with modified techniques.
HOW LONG DOES CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENT TAKE?
In the Netherlands, the initial consultation at a chiropractor is about 45 to 60 minutes long. After that, sessions of 10 to 20 minutes are common, depending on the patient’s individual condition.
WHAT TO DO AFTER A CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENT?
What you do after a chiropractic adjustment is very important. It forms part of the overall treatment and can determine its effectivity. Here are some things you should do after an adjustment session with a chiropractor:
Drink lots of water
Drinking enough water is essential for maintaining good health, but it’s even more important after you’ve had a chiropractic adjustment. Water helps to feed the discs between vertebrae, which helps to keep your spine flexible and supple. Ideally you should drink a more water than usual, at least for a couple of days after the treatment.
Don’t sit for long periods
Sitting at a desk all day is not very natural, and you should ideally get up and move around at least every hour. This is especially important in the days following a chiropractic adjustment to give your spine a chance to settle into the new, proper alignment.
If you have to sit down, make sure that your posture is correct, and that you’re not slumping or leaning too far back. Make adjustments to your chair, desk, or computer if you have to. This is important even long after you’ve been for a visit to the chiropractor.
Get regular exercise
Regular exercise is key for maintaining mental and physical health. This is especially true after a chiropractor session since it can help strengthen your muscles and back. It is very important not to overdo things, and keep exercise light. Exercises that strengthen your core and increase flexibility, like yoga, pilates long walks, or just daily stretching are perfect, although you still have to be careful as it is possible to overexert yourself even in these types of exercises.
Mind how you sleep
Your posture when you sleep is as important as when you’re standing or seated. In fact, many people have bad sleeping postures. To ensure proper sleeping posture, sleep on your back or side, with the support of posture-promoting pillows. These pillows conform to the shape of your spine and ensure proper sleeping posture.
Visit your chiropractor regularly
Chiropractic care isn’t just a once-off affair. A chiropractor will usually draw up a long-term plan that will ensure that the treatment is as effective as possible. Depending on your condition, this may include weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly visits. Chiropractic adjustment is a very popular form of treatment. However, as with most treatments, sometimes a different method of treatment is needed. You will be referred out to another expert by the chiropractor. It is important to get assessed by a chiropractor before you get treated.