Trust is an essential component of your relationship with your chiropractic health care provider, and we aim to establish and maintain the trust we create with our clients. When it comes to chiropractic adjustments, you need to feel complete confidence in the training, expertise, and professionalism of the person providing you with a chiropractic adjustment. St. Paul Chiropractic & Natural Medicine Center employs only the best researched methods of chiropractic care and our staff is not only experts in their field, they are kind, thoughtful and go the extra mile to help you understand the treatment you receive. If you have not had a chiropractic adjustment before, you can first schedule an appointment with more information about the procedure.
What is a Chiropractic Adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment—which is also known as a manual manipulation, a chiropractic manipulation, or a spinal manipulation—is a common therapeutic treatment for back pain caused by spinal misalignment. The term ‘chiropractic adjustment’ refers to the manipulation performed by a chiropractor to the vertebrae that are exhibiting abnormal movement patterns or are not functioning normally.
The principle objective of a chiropractic procedure is to treat the subluxation with the goals of increasing range of motion, reducing nerve pain, and improving overall functioning.
Chiropractic adjustments usually involve the following:
● A short lever arm thrust applied to a vertebra.
● An accompanying, audible release of gas that is caused by the expulsion of oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide, which releases joint pressure. The sound made by this process is similar to the cracking of a knuckle. It is known as cavitation or joint cavitation.
● A sensation of relief occurs much of the time, although minor discomfort can occur, especially if the surrounding muscles are in spasm or if the patient tenses up during this chiropractic care. This discomfort tends to last only for a short time for most patients.
You should be aware that joint cavitation, the “knuckle-cracking” cracking phenomenon, does not occur all the time. It is typically the result of significant muscle splinting or the patient not being adequately relaxed during the chiropractic procedure. When this occurs, we can apply ice to the affected area, give the patient time to rest, or apply electrical stimulation and massage prior to attempting the next round of chiropractic adjustment.
Experienced Chiropractor, St. Paul, MN
There are many different chiropractic techniques that can be employed, and what is recommended for you is something you will determine with the help of your chiropractor. At St. Chiropractic & Natural Medicine Center, we work hard to explain our recommendations to you and explain them in detail. To schedule an appointment for a chiropractic adjustment with us, call us at 763-541-1280.