WHAT DOES A CHIROPRACTOR DO?
HOW DOES A CHIROPRACTOR FIND A MISALIGNMENT (SUBLUXATION)?
The chiropractor may use X-ray’s, MRI’s, heat reading instruments, range of motion tests, muscle strength tests, but most importantly he will be using his hands to gently feel the joints and the tissues surrounding the joints (palpation). In most cases when these misaligned joints are found the patients themselves can feel the difference between healthy joints and unhealthy (misaligned or subluxated) joints.
WHAT IS AN ADJUSTMENT?
The Diversified technique is a conglomeration of many different methods of adjusting and is sometimes called Palmer technique by Palmer Chiropractic College Graduates. The Drop table technique utilizes a section of table that drops ¾ of an inch, which can be adjusted to allow the doctor to precisely control the force of the adjustment. Drop table adjustments don’t result in a “popping” sound which is heard in more traditional techniques. The Drop table technique is excellent for patients that have had hip replacements, lumbar spine surgeries, or are in the late stages of pregnancy.
The last technique our office has to offer utilizes a small hand-held instrument called an Activator. It delivers a very light, but precise “thrust” anywhere from 1 to 5mm. This instrument technique is used quite often on patients that are very fragile, timid or just not comfortable with the previously mentioned techniques.
IS CHIROPRACTIC DANGEROUS?
ONCE I GET ADJUSTED WILL I HAVE TO KEEP GETTING ADJUSTED FOREVER?
WHAT IS THE “POPPING” SOUND HEARD DURING AN ADJUSTMENT?
Twenty minutes or so after the “popping” the joint pressure then compresses the gases back into solution. Every articulating joint in the body is surrounded by tissue that seals a small amount of joint fluid in between the two cartilaginous surfaces. When the space between the joints increases, the vacuum that is created then causes some of this fluid to shift to a gaseous state and at the same time creates a popping noise.
This event is similar to when you open a bottle of soda. While the cap is on, the soda is under pressure and there are no bubbles (gas) visible. As the cap is removed there is a sudden vacuum created and you can see bubbles (gas) as well as a hear a sound that accompanies this event.
CAN I GET ADJUSTED TOO MUCH?
SHOULD I USE ICE OR SHOULD I USE HEAT ON MY PAINFUL AREA?
This situation creates a grid lock where healing products can’t get in and waste products can’t get out. Ice constricts the blood vessels, temporarily reduces inflammation and breaks the grid lock allowing nutrients to move into the injured area and waste products to move out. Ice should only be used for about 15 to 20 minutes or until the area is ice cold (don‘t exceed 20 minutes, too much icing can increase inflammation and damage tissues). It is important to let the area then go back to normal temperature which could be 40 minutes to an hour.
Some cloth should be placed between the ice and the skin to prevent ice burn. If, the ice isn’t helping with the problem, you should seek help from a health care provider to make sure the problem doesn’t require more serious intervention. Heat is used for a chronic problem where there is poor circulation. In this situation the heat is used to increase fluid and nutrients in the area of a problem.
Occasionally, patients are recommended to alternate heat and ice on an injury, I tend not to recommend this as I have found that most people eventually forget to ice and only use the heat. If, you are going to be using ice or heat, I recommend a gel pack. We sell them at our office, they are inexpensive, last for years and you can use them for icing or heating an area.
If, you fall asleep with a gel pack on, it loses its temperature after about 20 minutes and can keep you from over treating the affected area. If, you are not sure which to use, or if the pain is not subsiding after icing, stop by our office for a free consult, and I’d be glad to point you in the right direction.
IS IT OK IF I ADJUST MYSELF?
Most people that self “adjust” themselves may get temporary relief for 20 to 30 minutes and then find they have to do it all day long. If, they were truly correcting the problem, they would see lasting improvement.