The most common therapeutic procedure performed by a chiropractor is known as spinal manipulation or an adjustment. The purpose of manipulation is to restore proper mobility to joints of the spine and extremities that have become restricted in movement.
These restrictions can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as a sports injury, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in a position with poor posture for an extended period of time. In either case, this can cause tissue injury as the structures undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and decreased function. Manipulation or adjustment of the affected joint helps restore mobility, reduce pain and decrease muscle tightness.
Most athletes seek a chiropractor to maintain their mobility and keep them at peak performance. Our general patient population also touts success with maintenance care, reporting fewer days of pain and mobility issues between treatments.
Our patient’s needs vary, and because of that, we are able to deliver a wide array of chiropractic treatments. While most of our patients enjoy hands on treatment, some prefer the adjusting instrument or table assisted manipulations for more subtle changes. Each patient’s needs and wishes are important to us: we want you to feel comfortable with your treatments and confident we will exceed your expectations!
Impact Health and Performance, we match patient needs with preference to ensure we deliver results quickly, comfortably, and efficiently.
Q: What is the “popping” sound?
A: The popping sound is the result of little gas bubbles that are formed in a joint being released. When you are adjusted, the joint opens up and allows those bubbles to escape.
Q: If there is no noise when I’m adjusted, does that mean it didn’t work?
A: No! As a matter of fact, most of the benefits of the chiropractor are a result of reintroducing movement into a restricted joint. This occurs with or without the sound. Although many find sound satisfying, it is not essential for the benefit of our treatment.
Q: Once I start seeing a chiropractor, will I have to continue forever?
A: Absolutely not. Our goal at Impact Health and Performance is to help you get better and back to your life as fast as we can. We design our treatment plans to help patients go through all the steps of recovery. These include decreasing pain, increasing their strength and mobility, and in many cases, training them for a return to sport. Many patients choose to come in for regular maintenance care because of how great they feel after treatment; however, this is a choice the patient makes based on their lifestyle and needs.
Q: Can chiropractors benefit me if I don’t have any injuries or obvious pain?
A: Yes! A chiropractor can truly benefit everyone. Even those who are not suffering from pain may benefit from a proper functional assessment and chiropractic care. This is because biomechanical imbalances can lead to injuries in the future. Our doctors are trained to perform a fully functional exam and determine any imbalances that may predispose you to suffer an injury in the future. If we can proactively address those issues, we can help you perform at your highest level and keep you injury-free.
Q: I came in with knee pain, and you treated mostly my hips. Why?
A: Everything in the body is connected, and even though your symptoms manifested in your knee, your hip may be the source of the pain. In many cases, the dysfunction that leads to your symptoms is either above or below the actual point of pain. Our functional assessments guide us to the root cause of your problem. If we only treated the symptoms directly, the pain would continue to return.
Q: I am not comfortable getting my neck adjusted, can you still help my neck pain?
A: Absolutely! We understand that some individuals would prefer they don’t get their neck adjusted. One of the things that makes Impact Health and Performance so versatile is all the techniques our doctors are trained in to help you with. Soft tissue muscle work and rehab exercises are all very powerful tools to help manage neck pain. They can be used in addition or on their own to help you overcome any neck pain you might be experiencing.