Chiropractic Adjustments are Moving to Mainstream Medicine

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Chiropractic adjustments have long been one of the main cornerstones of alternative medicine. Today it is being accepted more and more into mainstream medicine, so much so in fact, that many health insurance companies now provide cover for chiropractic care. Many doctors are also referring patients with lower back pain, or other types of pain to chiropractors, perhaps because more patients are requesting this type of care.

So what exactly are chiropractic adjustments?

Some people think that a chiropractor “puts the vertebra back into place.” That’s not an accurate description of a chiropractic adjustment. What the chiropractor really does is free up the vertebra so the body itself can put the vertebra back into place. The chiropractor doesn’t move the vertebra. He relieves pressure on the vertebra that’s causing a misalignment. The body does the rest.chiropractic adjustments

All chiropractic adjustments are not the same. If you asked a few different patients of the same chiropractor to describe their treatment, you’d get many different answers. Some adjustments are made with the patient sitting. Some are made with the patient standing. Most are made with the patient lying on a special table, but in varying positions; face down, face up, face left, face right.

Chiropractic adjustments are not painful. As a matter of fact, they provide a feeling of relief. The chiropractor exerts minimal pressure. There’s almost always a popping sound, but that’s nothing to worry about. The popping sounds are made by tiny pockets of gas escaping as pressure is removed. Not your spinal vertebrae moving around!

Usually the popping is loudest with the first few chiropractic adjustments. As normal flexibility returns to the vertebra, you may hear no popping sound at all, but that doesn’t mean that the adjustment isn’t doing any good.

Chiropractic adjustments are done by means of the skill and training of the chiropractor, and not because of the strength of the chiropractor. That’s why many women are chiropractors, as well as many slightly built men. Chiropractic adjustment techniques rely on many years of training and experience and have little to do with the strength of the practitioner.

How much does a chiropractor cost? Costs vary from country to country and from state to state. Sometimes a referral from a GP will mean a lesser fee, but many chiropractors accept direct inquiries. As chiropractic adjustments are becoming more mainstream, the cost of this type of care is becoming more affordable. Always check with your health fund to see if they cover chiropractic adjustments before booking a treatment.

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One Response to “Chiropractic Adjustments are Moving to Mainstream Medicine”

  1. Thanks for sharing and educating us about chiropractic adjustments. Hope to learn more about this field.

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