Manual Chiropractor Adjustments
Manual chiropractor adjustments are a type of chiropractic treatment with individualized adjustments performed one at a time. These adjustments focus more intently on your neck, upper back, and spine. A chiropractor performs these manually instead of using a machine.
Different Chiropractor Adjustments
Compression adjustment: This adjustment focuses on the spine’s muscles, which can be very tense and tight. It helps ease the pain and increase the range of motion.
Traction adjustment: A traction adjustment focuses on the joints in our body, especially those around the spine. It often eases backaches and neck pain.
Extraction adjustments: These adjustments help reduce muscle spasms and cramps. It also helps to stretch out or break up scar tissue to relieve pain. It is useful for relieving pain caused by scar tissue buildup.
Straightening the spine: This standard adjustment straightens your spine and can help correct any movement issue.
Stretching: Stretching is a standard chiropractor adjustment that relieves tight muscles.
Mobilization: This adjustment helps remove adhesions or connective tissue formed between bones in your body. It helps reduce pain and inflammation in your joints and muscles and improves the range of motion in those areas.
How a Chiropractor Works
The chiropractor will examine the patient’s posture and spinal alignment to determine where to begin treatment. They will examine for any abnormal curvature of the spine, as this can indicate other issues involved.
A chiropractor will also look for any other signs of spinal misalignments, such as pain in certain parts of your body or numbness. They will then check for a range of motion, such as how far you can bend. A chiropractor will then use this information to determine how much adjustment/what kind of adjustments the patient needs.
Once the chiropractor has determined a problem, they will use various techniques to manually adjust the joints and spine to restore mobility. The chiropractor will use their hands to move various parts of your spine while applying pressure along certain areas.
The professional may also apply force by grabbing onto one or both sides of your pelvis with their hands. This helps align your hips and feet properly so they can move freely again without injury or pain.
Does Stretching Help?
You can stretch before, during, or after an adjustment. It’s an excellent way to help relieve muscle tension and release any tightness that may have occurred during adjustment. These are the types of stretches you can do:
You can do this at home before you begin your treatment. The goal is to reduce tension and increase circulation. Start by gently stretching your neck and shoulders for about 10 minutes each day for two weeks before starting regular adjustments.
You can perform this immediately following an adjustment session. A chiropractor will focus on specific problem areas such as low back pain or sciatica.
Get an Adjustment
Contact a chiropractor if you want to know more about manual adjustments and how they can help you with your back pain or other joint issues. They will advise you on what type of adjustment you require at your consultation and help relieve your pain.
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