What Is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a complete system of healthcare focused on restoring, preserving, and optimizing health by natural hands-on care. Chiropractic is a healthcare profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic therapy uses the hands to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness and injury.
Is Chiropractic Treatment Safe?
With any medical or chiropractic treatment there are side effects and complications to any treatment.
The Mayo Clinic says this about the safety of chiropractic care; “Chiropractic adjustment is safe when it’s performed by someone trained and licensed to deliver chiropractic care. Serious complications associated with chiropractic adjustment are overall rare.”
Radiant and its providers minimize those risk before any treatment can begin. Chiropractic care has been shown to be safe for all ages.
Chiropractic care at Radiant uses modern and advanced techniques that are highly specific, more effective, and safer than before in changing the way the body moves and brain communicates with the body. The “snap”, “crack”, or “pop” which can be felt with some chiropractic adjustments is not always needed for every patient. Not all chiropractic adjustments techniques incorporate twisting, pulling or pushing.
Before we start any treatment, we will thoroughly diagnosis the complaint and prescribe what is safe and necessary. This exam process helps to discover what the root cause of a complaint may be and rule out any contraindications to care. Once we have completed this process, the appropriate and safe treatment can begin.
Can Women Who Are Pregnant Get Chiropractic Care?
There are no known contraindications to chiropractic care throughout pregnancy. All chiropractors are trained to work with women who are pregnant. Investing in the fertility and pregnancy wellness of women who are pregnant or trying to conceive is a routine care for most chiropractors.
In an article published by the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, it was stated that “Chiropractic evaluation and treatment during pregnancy may be considered a safe and effective means of treating common musculoskeletal symptoms that affect pregnant patients.” In addition to this, a leading website posted “There are no known contraindications to chiropractic care throughout pregnancy. All chiropractors are trained to work with women who are pregnant.”
What Is the Pop, Crack, or Snapping Noise?
The noise heard and sometimes felt during a chiropractic adjustment is called joint cavitation. When the joint space is compressed and relaxed rapidly, naturally occurring gas is forced out of the joint space causing a popping noise. This popping noise is often sought by patients and chiropractors alike to reassure themselves that the adjustment occurred. However, a recent study conducted by the Canadian Chiropractic Associations offered the following conclusion:
“There is no direct evidence for the physiological therapeutic benefit of the audible release associated with the chiropractic adjustment. Furthermore, repeating the adjustment shortly after the joint has cavitated without an audible release, aiming to “get an audible”, may even cause damage as the joint is potentially stretched beyond its anatomical range of movement. To conclude, an audible release may improve the outcome of a chiropractic adjustment, but therapeutic benefits of the audible release are likely to be psychological, and not physiological.”
Will Chiropractic Adjustments Hurt?
With most acute and chronic problems with the spine, there is associated muscle pain. This can make movement painful. When muscles are tight they become sensitive to touch and movement. However, pain during the adjustment can be minimized, if not eliminated entirely, with advanced chiropractic manipulative therapies and techniques. The pop, crack, or snap that is often times associated with a chiropractic adjustment is not needed for everyone. In addition, with the advent of advanced chiropractic techniques and instruments such as the Impulse Adjusting Instrument and the Activator Adjusting Instrument, the pain associated with chiropractic adjusting can become a thing of the past.
Do I Need a Referral from My Medical Provider?
You will not need a referral from your medical provider to see a chiropractor. Here at Radiant, we work effectively with other medical professionals and primary care providers in an effort to help our patients feel better. We encourage an open dialogue between medical providers and chiropractors in the hope that we can collaborate for the health and improvement of our patients.
How Does Chiropractic Care Work with Other Medical Therapies?
Chiropractic care is a great tool for helping our patients not only feel better, but thrive in their daily lives. Chiropractic can be used on its own or with other medical and therapeutic services. Treating pain is not always a one step approach. Chiropractic treatment can work synergistically with other healthcare professionals. We provide a collaborated approach to healthcare that utilizes the best of chiropractic care, medical therapies, and evidence based integrative medicine and supplements to aid our patients in achieving a return to activities with improvement in their lives.