Natural Health Care Center
Serving Lincoln County for over 20 years
Q. Does it hurt to have your back adjusted?
A. Generally it is pain free to have your back adjusted. Many patients experience an immediate relief of pain and an increased ability to move without pain, after the adjustment. However some people that have chronic pain conditions like Fibromyalgia or advanced arthritis may feel a bit sore from the adjustment, like they would after a massage or a gym workout. If you know that you tend to get sore after a workout or sore after a massage, you should discuss this with your chiropractor. Occasionally with a recent injury, like a car accident, inflamed muscles may react to adjustments and cause some discomfort. This can happen with a chiropractic adjustment, physical therapy or a massage. If this occurs we generally recommend the application of ice after the treatment to reduce the irritation and decrease the inflammation. The adjustments made can be as gentle as you need in order to avoid any pain or discomfort. The doctor will be talking with you during each visit to make sure there is no unwanted discomfort.
Q. Will visiting a chiropractor cure my back or neck pain?
A. Yes, in most cases chiropractic care can cure back or neck pain. In fact chiropractors can help relieve pain or problems in every joint in the body. This includes knee, ankle, jaw, shoulder and hip problems. The findings in the Manga Report, which is the largest existing analysis of scientific literature on low back pain, showed chiropractic care to be the most cost effective and the most successful treatment for relieving low back pain. If the pain is caused by something that cannot be relieved by chiropractic care, your chiropractor will be able to refer you to the appropriate health care professional that will be able to help. Chiropractors work with orthopedic surgeons, neurologists, and other physical medicine doctors on these more complicated cases. Of course every problem is different, some problems are so advanced that they cannot be ‘cured’. In this case, your chiropractor will help with pain management and will work with your other health care professionals as a team to help manage the pain of these incurable conditions.
Q. Why is there a popping sound when a joint is adjusted?
A. You may or may not hear a popping sound when a joint is adjusted. The popping sound is a release of normal joint pressure and gases contained in the synovial fluid, which lubricates your joints. Most everyone has experienced this sound during a normal stretch or with movement. An adjustment helps to restore normal motion, decrease inflammation and pain. This can be accomplished with or without a popping sound.
Some people like the popping sound some do not. Talk to your doctor. There are many ways to accomplish a chiropractic adjustment without the sound.