Chiropractic is a specialized field in the healing arts, and such, the spinal adjustment is distinct and singular to the chiropractic profession. The purpose of a chiropractic adjustment is to correct spinal subluxations, thereby removing interference to the nervous system. Since the nervous system controls all functions and healing in the body, and can be put in jeopardy by spinal dysfunction, it is imperative that everyone have optimal spinal function. The spine is the most common area which interference to the nervous system occurs. This is called the Vertebral Subluxation Complex
Do chiropractic adjustments hurt?
Definitely not! In fact, people often describe a sense of relaxation, reduced level of stress, a sense of exhilaration, more range of motion and a feeling of more body balance after an adjustment. Research also shows that your immune function can be dramatically increased following an adjustment.
The techniques we use in our office are very gentle and innovative; we use state-of-the-art 'drop' tables. With the adjusting techniques we use, there is no twisting or cracking involved; the only noise is from the table moving underneath you. Our patients continuously comment on how gentle their adjustments feel.
How long does an adjustment take?
After your detailed initial consultation and examination, we are very well acquainted with your spine and nervous system health; as a result, your adjustments usually only take a few minutes. The analysis we use every time you see us allows us to know when your body is in perfect balance. We monitor the progress of our patients very carefully to make sure their health is being restored. We understand that you are busy, and thus run our appointment book on time.
How often will I have to come in for adjustments?
This answer is different for every patient. Many things determine how long your treatment plan will be. Your treatment plan is dependent on things such as how long your condition has been developing, your age, physical fitness, overall health, nutrition, daily tasks/job, and how much spinal decay (wear and tear) is present. A general rule of thumb is, the longer the underlying problem has been there, the longer it usually takes to fix. At the end of your corrective care program, you will be offered a wellness plan- a maintenance schedule to maintain your present level of wellness and to correct new problems as they arise. Of course, it is always up to you how long you decide to benefit from chiropractic.
What is retracing? (Body's memory)
Retracing is the re-experiencing or re-awakening of old pain or other symptoms that suddenly come to the surface when one begins being adjusted. This is a natural part of the healing process and these symptoms or feelings usually soon pass. When a person suffers a trauma, accident or injury the body tissues themselves have a 'memory' which literally records the incident. The injury is usually associated with feelings of panic, shock, anger/hysteria, and fear and these may be some of the feelings a patient retraces after an adjustment. Letting go of these emotions is part of the healing process. Not all patients will experience retracing.