What is a Chiropractic Adjustment?
Chiropractic joint manipulation – commonly referred to as adjusting – is used to release restricted joints of the spine and extremities. Chiropractic adjustments can also be made to correct vertebrae abnormal movement patterns or failures to function. A high velocity, short amplitude thrust is the typical motion used in applying the correct amount of pressure to the vertebrae that needs the manipulation. These thrusts can be followed by an audible release of gas, joint cavitation, this allows joint pressure to release.
Why Would I Need Chiropractic Adjustments?
Joints often become restricted due to improper posture and/or poor muscle activity. Once restricted, the body begins to develop compensatory patterns in order to achieve its normal ranges of motion. If the joint remains restricted, the compensatory patterns continue and can eventually lead to complete lack of movement in the original joint. A restricted joint can cause nearby joints to become hypermobile, or move excessively. Hypermobility can lead to degeneration and pain in the joints. By applying chiropractic adjustments to restricted segments, the joint regains motion that would be unattainable using only exercise or posture correction. Chiropractic adjustments are performed with the goal of reducing subluxation, the altered position of the vertebra and related function loss. Besides increased motion, adjusting also relieves pain and relaxes overactive muscles. If patients prefer not to hear or feel a “popping” noise, Dr. Mumma has various options for mobilization, which can be just as effective.
Chiropractic adjustments are not just for back pain. Chiropractic adjustments can improve function and range of motion in all areas of the body. Here are some conditions and areas of the body chiropractic care can help:
- Back and Neck Conditions
- Leg, Knee, Foot and Ankle Pain
- Arm, Wrist, Shoulder or Elbow Pain
- Stress and Tension Disorders
- Chronic Injuries
Side effects are usually minimal. The most common reaction to a chiropractic adjustment is a mild soreness or aching, which doesn’t last very long. An ice pack will usually eliminate nearly all soreness or aching felt after the procedure.
Receiving Care in Raleigh, NC
Dr. Mumma is a one of a kind physician servicing the triangle area. She was inspired at a young age to become a chiropractor, and inspires others to this day with her individualized health care approach. She wants you to feel as if you’re participating in your health care, as opposed to merely accepting it. To schedule an appointment, give Triangle CRC a call at 919-792-8682, or reach out to us with our online contact form.