How does a chiropractic adjustment help me?
Chiropractors and adjustments go hand in hand. We get asked all the time how it works, how it helps and if it’s right for your injury.
The adjustment is one of our most powerful tools, we use it every day on the majority of our patients but that doesn’t mean its the right tool for everyone. The goal is simple, improve the motion of restricted joints. When your chiropractor at Rising Sun Chiropractic evaluates you during the examination they will assess the movement of your joints through joint palpation. As a chiropractor palpates each joint they feel for changes in motion, muscular imbalances, inflammation and pain response. Joint restrictions commonly come from trauma, muscle tension, poor posture, and overuse but can come from a variety of sources.
When you have joint dysfunction or joint restriction it means that joint is not moving the way it is supposed to. If you have ever had a door that was stuck in the jam you can imagine that the joints of your body can behave in a similar way. When your joints are restricted it will affect the mechanics of the area which leads to pain and loss of normal function.
What can you expect at your first Rising Sun Chiropractic appointment?
Many of our patients choose us for their first chiropractic visit. You may never have been to a chiropractor and you can rest knowing that every step will be explained to you.
At your first appointment, you will be brought into a treatment room and greeted by one of our doctors. We begin every new patient exam with an in-depth health history to establish a clear understanding of any medical events that could be contributing to your chief complaint or a contraindication to your care. The first steps are about safety. We want you to be in the right place, if any red flags are discovered we will work with you to find the best treatment options.
We then perform a detailed history specific to the chief complaint(s) that brought you into the office. If you have any previous medical treatments we are happy to review those findings with you. During your health history we will work with you to establish a thorough understanding of your health concerns and establish goals that are meaningful to your recovery. Pain relief is critical but meeting your health goals means long term success.
After completing your thorough history, we will take you through a series of neurological, orthopedic, and functional movement tests to help us determine what treatment will yield the best results for your individual case.
Based on the results of the examination, the doctor will create a report of their findings for discussion. Our recommended treatment tools will then be explained and performed. Once treatment is complete, the doctor will discuss the projected timeline for recovery, expected progressions, and when you should schedule your next appointment.
Our flexible appointment times are designed to accommodate your busy schedule. We encourage patients to schedule 2-3 appointments out in order to get their preferred appointment times.
Frequently asked questions about chiropractic
Q: What is the “popping” sound?
A: The popping sound is the result of little gas bubbles that are formed in a joint being released. When you are adjusted, the joint opens up and allows those bubbles to escape. The fancy term? Tribonucleation
Q: If there is no noise when I’m adjusted, does that mean it didn’t work?
A: No! As a matter of fact, most of the benefits of the chiropractic adjustment are a result of reintroducing movement into a restricted joint. This occurs with or without the sound. Although many find the sound satisfying, it is not essential for the benefit of our treatment.
Q: Once I start seeing a chiropractor, will I have to continue forever?
A: Absolutely not. Our goal at Rising Sun Chiropractic is to help you get better and back to your life as fast as we can. We design our treatment plans to help patients go through all the steps of recovery. These include decreasing pain, increasing their strength and mobility, and in many cases, training them for a return to sport. Many patients choose to come in for regular maintenance care because of how great they feel after treatment; however, this is a choice the patient makes based on their lifestyle and needs.
Q: Can chiropractic benefit me if I don’t have any injuries or obvious pain?
A: Yes! Chiropractic care can truly benefit everyone. Even those who are not suffering from pain may benefit from a proper functional assessment and chiropractic care. This is because biomechanical imbalances can lead to injuries in the future. Our doctors are trained to perform a full functional exam and determine any imbalances that may predispose you to suffer an injury in the future. If we can proactively address those issues, we can help you perform at your highest level and keep you injury-free.
Q: I am not comfortable getting my neck adjusted, can you still help my neck pain?
A: Absolutely! We understand that some individuals would prefer they don’t get their neck adjusted. One of the things that makes Rising Sun Chiropractic so versatile is all the techniques our doctors are trained in to help you with. We have hands off, instrument based techniques available for your neck. We also offer soft tissue muscle work, cold laser, and rehab exercises which are all very powerful tools to help manage neck pain. They can be used in addition or on their own to help you overcome any neck pain you might be experiencing.