Adjustments and Manipulation

Are you wondering if chiropractic adjustments are right for you? Dr. Phillip Nutter and the team at We Care Chiropractic Center in Pittsburgh, PA, answer some of the top questions in this guide to help you decide.

Common Questions About Chiropractic Adjustments

Chiropractic adjustments are a highly effective form of natural relief offered by chiropractors. They are very versatile and used in treatment plans for a wide range of conditions and symptoms. Below, Dr. Nutter and the team at We Care Chiropractic Center in Pittsburgh, PA, answer some of the most common questions about chiropractic adjustments.

What Exactly Is Happening During an Adjustment?

You’ll be asked to lie on a table where the chiropractor will feel along your spine for a misalignment. Once located, the chiropractor will apply a controlled amount of force to the area, pushing the bone back into its proper place.

What Is a Misalignment, and Why Does It Cause Pain?

When healthy, spinal bones sit neatly in a straight, vertical line. When one is out of this placement, it is referred to as a misalignment. Though it may seem insignificant, having a bone even slightly out of alignment puts undue pressure on the spinal discs and causes the muscles and other soft tissues to work harder to hold your spine upright. This can cause pain and various other symptoms.

What Are Adjustments Used to Treat?

As a misalignment can lead to so many different issues, it’s difficult to list every condition or symptom that spinal adjustments are beneficial for. However, the following are a few of the most common ones:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Disc problems, including herniated discs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Arm and leg pain
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Scoliosis
  • Joint pain
  • Auto injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Work injuries

Why Is There a Popping or Cracking Noise During Adjustments?

This noise often frightens people, as they think it means something is breaking. That is not the case, though. When a bone is out of alignment, a gas pocket fills the space. Once the bone has been pushed back into its proper space, the gas pocket is released, which causes the noise.

Are Adjustments All That Chiropractors Offer?

Not at all. Adjustments are at the core of treatment, but chiropractors aim to treat the entire musculoskeletal system. This requires a wide range of techniques, including soft tissue therapy, corrective exercises, and more.

Experience the benefits of chiropractic adjustments by visiting Dr. Nutter at We Care Chiropractic Center in Pittsburgh, PA. Call (412) 795-2900 to schedule an appointment today.

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