What is chiropractic care?
Chiropractic care is a branch of musculoskeletal medicine that takes a hands-on approach to treat joint pain, spine pain, muscle pain, and sports injuries. Chiropractic care is safe for people of all ages and is also beneficial during pregnancy to address the changes in a women’s posture and weight distribution.
What types of therapies do chiropractors provide?
Chiropractors are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide array of neuromusculoskeletal issues. Common forms of therapy offered by the Scott Wagner Integrated Medicine team include:
- Chiropractic adjustments
- Soft tissue therapy
- Sports injury treatment and rehabilitation
- Specialized stretches and exercises for back pain, neck pain, and headaches
- Hot and cold therapy, including cryotherapy
- Electrical stimulation
- Therapeutic ultrasound
In addition to therapies for neck pain, back pain, and headaches, the team also treats pain and injuries in the shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, and feet.
What happens during a chiropractic adjustment?
If your chiropractor recommends chiropractic adjustments to relieve joint stiffness and pain, they’ll first help you into a lying or seated position, depending on the areas that need to be adjusted. Your chiropractor then places their hands against your skin and over the treatment site.
Once you’re ready, your chiropractor quickly moves their hands against the affected joint to perform the adjustment. You may feel or hear a cracking or popping sound during the adjustment. This sound happens when naturally-occurring carbon dioxide gas bubbles within the joint pop.
In most cases, chiropractic adjustments provide an immediate improvement in your range of motion, and many patients report a sense of pain relief or relaxation. Mild soreness may also be present, especially if you’re in acute pain or were adjusted in a sensitive or tender area.
Is chiropractic care safe?
According to the National Institutes of Health at the CDC, chiropractic is one of the safest options for the treatment of neck pain, back pain, and headaches. In studies of nearly 20,000 patients, the only commonly reported side effect of chiropractic treatment is mild soreness at the treatment site for one to three days following treatment.
If you’re concerned about soreness after your visit, the team provides at-home solutions to relieve your pain, including using ice or heat and specialized stretches and exercises to relieve muscle soreness and stiffness.
To schedule a chiropractic appointment at Scott Wagner Integrated Medicine, call the office or schedule online.