It is normal for a person’s vertebrae to move and shift as they go about their life, which can cause a displacement that can cause discomfort. With each vertebra being unique in shape and size, it is easy for them to become misaligned or compressed over time. As one of the leading chiropractic clinics in Santa Fe, we’ve seen this lead to a variety of issues such as muscle spasms, pinched nerves, and even sciatica.
There are many techniques a chiropractor may use to realign the vertebrae back into proper position. One of the techniques used at our Pro Active Chiropractic clinic in Santa Fe is manual spinal adjustment, another is activator method.
What is a manual adjustment?
A manual chiropractic adjustment in chiropractic care is a technique used by chiropractors to manipulate joints in the spine or other parts of the body. The goal of a manual chiropractic adjustment is to improve mobility, reduce pain, and restore proper alignment to the affected joint or joints.
During a manual adjustment, the chiropractor will use their hands or a specialized tool to apply a controlled force to the affected joint. This may involve a quick, thrusting movement or a slow, sustained pressure. Our chiropractor may also use stretching or other techniques to help improve range of motion and reduce tension in the surrounding muscles.
Manual adjustments are often used to treat conditions such as back pain, neck pain, headaches, and joint pain. They are safe and effective when performed by a licensed chiropractor.
Benefits of chiropractic adjustment
Chiropractic adjustments can help to reduce pain in the back, neck, and other parts of the body. This is achieved by realigning the spinal or other joints, which reduces pressure on the nerves and surrounding tissues.
Manual adjustments also help to restore natural range of motion, improve flexibility, reduce stiffness, and improve overall physical function.
Receiving regular chiropractic adjustments can improve posture by realigning the spine. This helps reduce strain on the muscles, joints, and ligaments, which can lead to better overall body mechanics. It will even improve athletic performance helping athletes perform better and reduce the risk of injury.
Are manual adjustments safe?
Manual adjustments, also known as spinal manipulation, are considered safe ways to relieve pain when performed by a licensed professional like the Dr. Unverferth. They are non-invasive and do not involve the use of drugs or surgery. This makes them a safe and effective option for people with various musculoskeletal conditions.
Common side effects of chiropractic adjustments may include mild pain, stiffness, or soreness in the area that was treated, which typically goes away within a day or two.
It’s important that our patients know that they should always inform Dr. Unverferth of any medical conditions or medications you are taking, as certain health conditions and medications may contraindicate spinal manipulation.
How often should you get a chiropractic adjustment?
It depends on the patient and their specific needs. Dr. Unverferth will take into account your specific condition, symptoms, and overall health. Some people might benefit from being adjusted more frequently during the initial phase of treatment, then reduce the frequency as they start feeling better. Others might only need occasional adjustments to maintain their condition.
No matter your condition, Pro Active Chiropractic is here to work with you to determine the best possible chiropractic treatments. We want you to feel like yourself again. Call us today at 505-984-0934 to set up an appointment.