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Chiropractic Adjustments in Chicago

Back pain is a widespread problem that negatively affects daily tasks, exercise, and sleeping patterns for Americans across the nation. To find a lasting solution to their back pain, millions of Americans visit a chiropractor each year. A chiropractic adjustment is a specialist procedure that is specially designed to treat a wide range of conditions, including chronic back pain, headaches, and shoulder and neck pain. Through chiropractic adjustment, spinal manipulation, as it’s also known, a chiropractor can enhance the overall physical function of the body and boost spinal motion.

Every year, a considerable number of people in need of relief visit Advanced Spine & Sports Care for chiropractic adjustments. Through chiropractic care in Chicago, our patients can enjoy a better quality of life, where persistent pain and discomfort have less of a say in what they can achieve.  

What is chiropractic care?

Chiropractic is:

  • An approach to health and healing that utilizes the body’s inherent and natural recuperative powers.
  • A healing science that emphasizes the importance of maintaining the structural integrity of the body.
  • A conservative method of health care that does not utilize drugs or surgery.
  • A holistic method that deals with treating the cause of the problem rather than just the symptoms.

Chiropractic takes into account all aspects of the patient’s life: family history, work, stress level, lifestyle, environment, diet and exercise habits.

Why should I see a Chiropractor?

You should see a Chiropractor if you are interested in preventative health care and/or the treatment of an injury. Chiropractic focuses on wellness – without drugs and surgery. Chiropractic care is based on maintaining the structural alignment of the spine and extremities and also takes into account the role of diet, exercise, and emotional balance.

Some common conditions that can benefit from chiropractic:

  • Low back, hip and/or leg pain or numbness
  • Neck, shoulder and arm pain, tingling or numbness
  • Chronic headaches
  • Knee and/or ankle pain or injury
  • All types of sports, dance and work injuries
  • Carpal Tunnel symptoms
  • Pain between shoulder blades
  • Difficulty sitting, bending and lifting
  • Problems sleeping due to neck or back pain
  • Progressive weakness in an arm or leg
  • Recurring joint pain, stiffness or swelling
  • Auto accident injury
  • Inability to perform daily activities

What is an adjustment?

A spinal adjustment is a gentle and precise placement of the vertebra into its correct position. Adjusting the vertebrae can remove irritation and help the nervous system return to its natural efficiency. As a result, chiropractic adjustments support the body’s defense system, maximizing innate recuperative powers and minimizing the need for more invasive procedures.

During an adjustment, a chiropractor will be aiming to improve the performance of the spine and help the patient to gain full relief from pain.

What should I expect during a chiropractic adjustment?

Before treatment, you will undergo a physical examination; during this assessment, your chiropractor will obtain more information about the health of your spine. This is done to create a full picture of your problems and create the best treatment plan for you. In this time, your chiropractor will also ask about your medical history and may also take an x-ray.

Once your chiropractor has reached a diagnosis, treatment can begin. They’ll ask you to lay on a padded table in a position that’s best suited to treating your condition; typically, this will be face down. Your chiropractor will then apply force to the area they’re treating, thrusting the joint into a position past its usual range of motion. This controlled movement is highly effective at repairing partial joint bone dislocations.

The amount of pressure applied during the adjustment will vary from patient to patient, depending on the underlying problem causing their pain. It’s not unusual to hear the sound of the joints moving during the treatment.

Is chiropractic adjustment only possible on the spine?

Chiropractic adjustments are primarily based around the spine, but depending on the condition and pain a person is enduring, it may be beneficial to perform adjustments elsewhere on the body. A chiropractor may advise pelvis, wrist, foot or knee adjustments, using varying degrees of force to relieve pain.

Is an adjustment painful?

Although each patient reacts differently, the procedure is rarely painful. It can cause a variety of reactions from temporary soreness to a sense of relief and well-being.

Research has proven that chiropractic adjustments can give patients relief from pain, so while you may experience mild discomfort during or after the procedure, the treatment can provide a long-term reduction in pain.

Can anyone have a chiropractic adjustment?

Spinal manipulation is a very safe procedure for most people, as severe complications from the treatment are extremely rare. However, there are some instances where a chiropractor may advise an alternative treatment, such as if the patient is a high stroke risk or has spinal cancer. While chiropractic adjustments are safe overall, it’s always essential to visit a professional for chiropractic care to ensure both that you get the best treatment and that the treatment is right for you.

How are Chiropractors trained?

Chiropractic training includes more than five years of courses in anatomy, physiology, pathology, diagnosis, laboratory and nutrition. In addition to their academic training, chiropractors also participate in an intensive post-graduate internship program.

How long can I expect to be under chiropractic care?

How long and how often you see a chiropractor will depend on several factors: your age, physical condition, previous history of accidents or surgeries, occupational requirements and how well you adhere to our treatment program. Relief of pain usually happens quickly (within a month), though stabilizing your condition may take longer. This will be discussed with you before you start treatment.

What about playing sports?

Spinal injuries can restrict range of motion, reduce strength, slow reflexes, shorten endurance, and decrease performance. Chiropractic care for these types of injuries has become increasingly popular. Professional sports teams, Olympic trainers, and competitive athletes are employing chiropractic doctors – because they demand results.

Whether you golf, play tennis, bicycle, or bowl, the best treatment for sports injuries is prevention.

There are many conditions that may be helped by chiropractic care. Please feel free to contact Dr. Ingham to discuss if you are a candidate for chiropractic care.

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