Whether you have received chiropractic treatments before or are just now curious about seeking alternative treatments such as chiropractic care, you probably have a general understanding of chiropractic adjustments. It might go something like this: you arrive at a chiropractic office, the doctor evaluates your concerns, then adjusts your spine and relieves the pain and discomfort you came in with. This process is overall expected, but even if you are a seasoned patient, you may still be wondering: ok, but how do chiropractic adjustments actually work?
Our team at Tannenbaum Chiropractic in Beverly Hills is happy to guide you through the process of chiropractic adjustments so you are wholly aware of what is happening in your body before, during, and after your treatment. Our transparent and comprehensive approach to holistic care ensures you are receiving the most effective, and correct chiropractic adjustments needed.
What is a Chiropractic Adjustment?
Also known as spinal manipulation, a chiropractic adjustment is exactly what it sounds like. A common therapeutic treatment for neck and back pain, licensed chiropractors will manually (with their hands) apply controlled pressure to the vertebrae when the body is misaligned or malfunctioning to readjust the spine and correct the dysfunction. The primary goal of this treatment is to reduce that subluxation, which then increases the range of motion, reduces pain and inflammation, and returns a regular function of movement to the body.
What Causes Misalignment?
In our modern lives, our bodies can suffer from misalignment from everyday tasks such as:
- Sitting at our desks all day for work
- Looking at our phones too much causes an unnatural strain on our neck
- Sitting in the car for too long during commutes
- Not having adequate desk ergonomics
- Having poor sleep posture or improper bedding
- Sports injuries
- Car accidents
When you are suffering from misalignment, you are likely experiencing unnecessary pain and/or discomfort. Through regular chiropractic care, you can maintain alignment of the vertebra and therefore the nervous system, keeping your body healthy inside and out.
Conditions For Which Spinal Manipulation is Used
Whether you have a reoccurring issue or have suffered from a sudden injury, chiropractic adjustments can help as part of your overall treatment plan. To correct misalignment, spinal manipulation can help alleviate:
- Reoccurring headaches and/or migraines
- Neck and mid-upper back pain
- Lower back pain
- Sports injury pain and rehabilitation
- Stiff and sore muscles (usually caused by under or overuse)
- Spinal stenosis
- Achy joints
What Happens During A Chiropractic Adjustment
Individual patients need individualized care so receiving a chiropractic adjustment is not as simple as getting a one-time assisted back-cracking. The act of manual adjustment is usually achieved with a traditional HVLA (high-velocity low amplitude) thrust with the use of the hands, resulting in an audible “pop” as gases are released from the vertebrae. Your chiropractor will position you in a specific way during this process in order to treat your individual misalignment. More gentle approaches such as spinal mobilization are also commonly used, depending on the patient’s needs.
When you visit your chiropractor to receive a spinal adjustment, your chiropractor will assess your spinal alignment, pain level, joint range of motion, and overall movement. They will also discuss your concerns and goals, lifestyle, and devise a proper treatment plan. From there, you will receive your chiropractic adjustment—the manual manipulation performed in the correct position and in the right location for your needs. More than likely, your chiropractor will want to see you over a series of appointments for regular adjustments, depending on your needs and treatment plan. However, most patients feel immediate relief after only one adjustment.
Getting Chiropractic Care in Beverly Hills
At Tannenbaum Chiropractic, our Beverly Hills chiropractic boutique office is dedicated to helping you achieve a healthy, pain-free life. When you visit our lush office, you will be greeted by a team of caring individuals ready to deliver a chiropractic treatment plan that fits your individual needs and goals. Many of our patients not only view their treatment as medical, but as necessary self-care to treat their minds, bodies, and whole selves.
Contact the Beverly Hills chiropractors at Tannenbaum Chiropractic today to schedule a chiropractic adjustment appointment TODAY!