Spinal Adjustment FAQs
If you’ve never visited a chiropractor before, you may have a few questions about what to expect. Here are some of the most common questions that your chiropractic team fields regularly.
Is chiropractic treatment safe?
This is probably the biggest concern for those who are new to spinal manipulation. Many people have the erroneous belief that chiropractic care can lead to pain or damage to the spine. On the contrary, chiropractic care is recognized as one of the safest therapies for the body. Chiropractic care is non-invasive and drug-free, which makes it an excellent complement to traditional medical therapies.
While no health treatment is free from adverse effects, chiropractic risks are minimal. Some patients report feeling tenderness following a manipulation, but this generally fades after a day or so.
What’s that “popping” sound that accompanies an adjustment?
When a chiropractor manipulates a joint, it frequently results in gas bubbles between the joints being released. This causes a popping sound similar to the one that occurs when you crack your knuckles. Although the sound can be quite loud, it’s nothing to be worried about.
What type of education do chiropractors have?
Chiropractors are highly educated like other health care providers, and their educational requirements are among the most stringent of all professions in the health care industry. Before being accepted into a chiropractic college, your chiropractor has already performed almost four years of pre-med undergrad work. After acceptance, he or she put in another four to five years of professional study where they learned even more about physiology, human anatomy, neurology and orthopedics.
All in all, the typical chiropractic curriculum includes at least 4,200 hours of classroom, lab and clinical education that’s fully accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Is chiropractic care safe for children?
Chiropractic care is appropriate for almost anyone, from newborns to the elderly. Because children have a tendency to be more active than adults and suffer from injury more frequently, regular visits to the chiropractor can be very beneficial. Some chiropractors even specialize in chiropractic care specifically for children.
Do I require a referral from my physician to see a chiropractor?
While some patients are referred for chiropractic care by their primary care physician, many more seek out an adjustment on their own. Because chiropractic is a non-invasive and drug-free way to heal the body, it’s a great complement for traditional medical treatments. Feel free to ask your family physician if chiropractic care is right for you or make an appointment with a chiropractor and discuss your physical symptoms with him or her.
How can I find a chiropractor of my own?
The best way to find your own chiropractic team is to ask your friends and family for suggestions. That’s how many chiropractors see most of their patients. You can also search out chiropractors in your area on the internet. Remember, like any other doctor, you may have to visit a few before you find the team that’s right for you. However, it’s an effort that will pay off in the long run.
If you have any other questions about chiropractic care, don’t hesitate to ask your chiropractor. They’ll be happy to discuss the process with you.