DOES AN ADJUSTMENT HURT?
The chiropractic adjustment is not meant to be painful. But we must remember, many times the area being adjusted hasn’t been moving well for a long period of time. Naturally, by making something move that hasn’t in a while, it can sometimes feel uncomfortable. Once the adjustment is completed, the area will feel less pressure and discomfort.
IS IT NORMAL TO BE SORE AFTER A TREATMENT?
Each treatment is aimed to provide relief, but healing may take some time. You didn’t get this way overnight! It is a joint that has not functioned properly for a long time, so getting it to work properly will take some love.
After you receive an adjustment, your body is doing a number of things: bringing more blood to the area, learning to communicate properly with the brain, inflammation begins to reduce, endorphins being released, acid being transferred----it’s crazy in there! So yes, soreness may be the feeling you experience. It should feel more like ‘wow I worked some things out’ sore, not ‘owwie I can’t move’ sore.
If you received ART or Graston technique, soreness is very common. We worked hard to release scar tissue and adhesions within the area and your body is going to talk to you. Bruising, redness and/or tenderness to touch are common post treatment. This is the evidence that we successfully brought new blood and motion to the area. You may ice the area for 10 min, 3x/day if you like that evening or day after. Healing won’t take long, and you will notice your range of motion will be drastically different.
TRUE OR FALSE: ONCE YOU SEE A CHIROPRACTOR, YOU SHOULD GO ALL THE TIME.
Dr. C. uses this analogy, it really brings it into perspective:
If you want to tone up your body and build muscle, would you be able to do this going to the gym once or twice a year?
Would going to the gym 1x/wk or even 2x/mo yield better results?
The same thing goes with your adjustments. Muscles have memory and they like to put you back in their boundaries. Shortened or weak muscles can’t pull their weight and your adjustment has a hard time holding its ground. You get better results and achieve a higher level of health and function with wellness adjustments. Each body has different needs, some need more work while others need less. Dr. C. encourages a wellness model that’s right for you to keep your progress and will help you reach your goals. You will begin to realize certain lifestyle choices, actions or routines may need some mindfulness in how you are using your body. Listen to your body, it is telling you when something needs fixing!
The intention of wellness treatment is to help you understand what it feels like for your body to work well and to keep it that way. Not the desire to see you all the time. Knowing you have learned how to listen to your body, recognize when it needs fixing, and know when to schedule with Dr. C—is what she recommends.