The most common treatment technique is joint manipulation called the chiropractic adjustment. This can be done on any spinal joint or peripheral joint (jaw, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, ankle and foot). This procedure is done by hand, using a gentle specific thrust to the joint that is not moving properly, in order to restore the normal movement. The process is often accompanied by an audible crack as the joint releases and may bring an instant relief of symptoms as well as an increased sense of well-being. There is, however, no instant cure, and some patients may experience temporary symptoms such as pain or soreness around the areas being treated. Spinal disc problems may flare up temporarily in the early stages of treatment, and where there is already inflammation, your condition may seem worse to start with. Apart from the adjustment, your chiropractor may use a wide variety of other techniques, including massage, flexion-distraction, blocking, Activator, ice, heat, stretching, dry needling and exercise. These are used to obtain enhanced and faster pain relief.
Generally, a chiropractic adjustment does not hurt – although there may be some minor short-term discomfort, which quickly passes for most patients. You will normally find that follow-up treatments are much more pleasant, as your symptoms improve and you feel more at ease with your chiropractor.
Chiropractic has fewer risks than most other treatments for your problem. Serious side effects are extremely uncommon. Your chiropractor will, of course, be happy to discuss all your concerns regarding treatment.