Chiropractic treatment is a proven way to treat back pain and is recognized as being a very effective way to improving posture and overall well being. Unfortunately, many people have misplaced concerns over receiving chiropractic treatment. To help you better understand the process of chiropractic adjustments, below are three things you need to understand before going for treatment:
The 'Cracking' Sound Isn't Dangerous
Many people are worried that going to the chiropractor to have their spine adjusted is dangerous. This fear likely stems from the 'cracking' sound that occurs when a chiropractor performs an adjustment. For many people, this noise sounds like their spine is being twisted in the wrong direction. However, this simply isn't true, and in fact this sound isn't actually anything to do with your bones.
The 'cracking' or 'popping' sound created during an adjustment is actually just a release of pressure as your vertebrae move back into alignment. Any subluxations in your spinal column can create pockets of pressure that are held between vertebrae. When the chiropractor adjusts your spine and moves the misaligned joints back into place, there is a rapid release of pressure that can create a very audible sound.
Therefore, it's important to realize that this sound isn't scary at all and is actually a good indicator that your chiropractor has done a good job!
You Don't Need Lifelong Treatment
Back pain is often considered to be a chronic problem and one that you will have to manage for the rest of your life. Many people believe that this means they will need chiropractic treatment for the rest of their life and often worry that this will cost them a significant sum over time. But whilst regular ongoing treatment is an option, it definitely isn't a prerequisite and in the majority of cases a shorter treatment plan will be sufficient to address your underlying problems.
When you go for your first chiropractic session, the chiropractor will carry out a full physical analysis of your spinal column in order to determine the underlying cause of your back pain and what specific treatment you will require. After this, your chiropractor will be able to tailor your treatment plan to ensure that your needs are addressed and the problem is corrected as quickly as possible. In most cases, standard treatment plans usually range from three adjustments per week for more severe conditions, to one adjustment per month for minor conditions that only require maintenance.
Following your initial treatment, your chiropractic practitioner will devise a maintenance schedule that is intended to gradually reduce the number of visits you require each month. The idea is that your spinal column will start to hold its position better as your treatment goes on, so you will be able to reduce the number of visits required. Once your chiropractor is satisfied that your condition has been corrected, they will likely reduce your visits to once every few months, just to make sure that no problems are recurring. However, if you want to end your treatment after the initial period, that is not a problem and the benefits gained will not simply disappear if you decide to stop your adjustments.
Your Problem Won't Be Worsened
Due to the physical, hands-on nature of chiropractic adjustments, a significant number of patients believe that their condition may actually become worse following treatment. This fear arises from the type of adjustments that take place in a chiropractic office. Yes, it is true that chiropractors will be applying force to your spine and perhaps moving you in awkward positions to ensure they get the right angles.
However, there is no need to be concerned as chiropractors are highly trained individuals that have undergone a significant period of training in order to deliver high quality chiropractic care to their patients. Due to the sensitivity of the neck and spinal column, chiropractors need to demonstrate that they are able to carry out adjustments with minimal force and without placing any strain on the joints in your spine. Although chiropractic adjustments may look uncomfortable, they most definitely aren't and you can rest assured you will leave the chiropractor's office in much better shape than before!