A chiropractic adjustment is a procedure in which trained specialists (chiropractors) use their hands or a small instrument to apply a controlled, sudden force to a spinal joint. The goal of chiropractic adjustment, also known as spinal manipulation, is to correct structural alignment and improve your body's physical function.
HOW YOU PREPARE
No special preparation is required before a chiropractic adjustment. It is a good idea to bring your calendar along or have an idea of when visits to the chiropractic office can fit in your busy schedule. It is important to find a time that works well for your schedule so it is as convenient as possible. Excluding the first visit, you can be in and out in 15 minutes.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
Chiropractic treatment may require a series of visits to Dr. Chelsey. At your initial visit, Dr. Chelsey will ask questions about your health history and perform a physical exam, with particular attention to your spine. Dr. Chelsey may recommend other examinations or tests, such as X-rays.
DURING THE ADJUSTMENT
During a typical chiropractic adjustment, Dr. Chelsey places you in specific positions to treat affected areas. Often, you're positioned lying face-down on a specially designed, padded chiropractic table. Dr. Chelsey then uses her hands to apply a controlled, sudden force to a joint, pushing it beyond its usual range of motion. You may hear popping or cracking sounds as she moves your joints during the treatment session. The "popping" sound is nothing more than gas leaving the joint.
Dr. Chelsey may recommend other treatment approaches in combination with chiropractic adjustment, such as:
Heat or ice