How do Chiropractic Manipulations provide Pain Relief for Patients?

How do Chiropractic Manipulations provide Pain Relief for Patients?

Chiropractic manipulation is a technique involving the delivery of low amplitude, high-speed thrusts, which are directed at a targeted region of the spinal column. This therapy is used to correct and treat lower back pain.

How is chiropractic manipulation done?

Chiropractic manipulation is done using the chiropractor’s hands after he/she palpates the vertebrae to assess for alignment issues. It can also be done using a handheld tool connected to a computer, which scans the spine to detect alignment abnormalities.

What is the purpose of chiropractic manipulation?


The goal of chiropractic manipulation is to restore a joint’s range of motion and alleviate mobility issues associated with misalignment. In addition, spinal adjustment corrects structural alignment and improves physical function of the body.

Will the chiropractor “pop” my spine during an adjustment?

Chiropractic manipulation often produces a cracking or popping noise as oxygen and carbon dioxide are released from the spinal joints.

Does spinal manipulation hurt?

This is not a painful procedure, but if the patient is not in a relaxed state, spasmic muscle tissue can develop. The chiropractor uses certain techniques to induce muscle relaxation and to assure that manipulation is effective. This includes electrical stimulation or massage.

What are the risks of chiropractic manipulation?

Chiropractic adjustment is a safe procedure when performed by someone who is skillfully trained and licensed in the art and science of chiropractor care. While rare, complications associated with manipulation include:

  • Compression of nerves of the lower spinal column
  • Herniated disc or worsening of an existing herniated disc
  • A vertebral artery dissection (stroke) follow neck manipulation

Who should not have a chiropractic adjustment?

Certain persons are not candidates for chiropractic manipulation. These people include those with:

  • Severe osteoporosis
  • Cancer of the spine
  • Numbness, loss of strength, or tingling in a leg or arm
  • Instability and excessive motion of the spine
  • An increased risk for stroke

How do I prepare for a chiropractic manipulation?

No special preparation is necessary for chiropractic adjustment. This treatment involves a series of visits to the chir bigstock-Chiropractor-Treats-Whiplash-7650271-300x200

opractor. Ask the provider about the preparation for this manipulation.

What happens during a chiropractic manipulation treatment session?

At your first San Diego chiropractor visit, the provider asks questions about your medical history, performs a physical examination, and orders diagnostic x-rays to assess your spine. During the adjustment, the chiropractor places you in certain positions to treat the affected spinal regions. The provider uses his/her hands to apply a sudden, controlled force to a spinal joint, and pushes it beyond its normal range of motion.

What additional therapies may be offered along with chiropractic manipulation?

The chiropractor in San Diego will offer other treatment modalities in combination with chiropractic manipulation. These include:

  • Massage
  • Heat and/or ice
  • Stretching
  • Exercise
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Weight loss

Does chiropractic manipulation work?

Research studies show that spinal manipulation works well for the treatment of low back pain, neck pain, and headaches. Not every patient responds to spinal adjustments, and this treatment depends on your particular condition. In a large review of randomized controlled trials, there was moderate evidence supporting the use of spinal manipulation for the short-term and long-term relief of acute and chronic low back pain.

The San Diego chiropractors at Sorrento Valley Pain Relief offer spinal manipulations, acupuncture, physical therapy and work closely with the pain doctors to obtain the best nonoperative relief for patients. This helps patients avoid surgery, get back to work, playing with the kids and participating in recreational activitities. Call us today!

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