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What is a Chiropractic Adjustment?

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Chiropractors are doctors of the musculoskeletal system. They diagnose and treat patients with conditions that can be resolved by manipulation, massage therapy, spinal decompression, dry needling, kinesiology taping, or other treatments to relieve pain caused by muscle spasms/tension in the spine. A chiropractic adjustment is a manual procedure to restore balance to your nervous system. This helps restore function to your muscles and joints so you can move more freely without pain. 

Common reasons for adjustments 

The spine is a vital part of the body, and it must be kept in good shape for optimal health. Most people seek chiropractic adjustment because they have low back pain or neck pains; this can also lead to more serious conditions such as headaches if left unattended. 

Common risks

Chiropractic adjustment can be very beneficial for your well-being. However, complications are possible and should always be discussed with a doctor before starting this treatment or using it long-term without supervision from an expert who knows what they’re doing.

  • A herniated disk or a worsening of an existing disk herniation
  • Compression of nerves in the lower spinal column
  • A specific type of stroke after neck manipulation

What to expect?

Your first visit to a chiropractor is an opportunity for your health history and exam, with particular attention to the spine. Your doctor may also recommend other tests or examinations if they feel it necessary based on what’s observed during their examination.

During a typical chiropractic adjustment, your doctor places you in specific positions to treat affected areas. Often it’s positioned lying facedown on the specially designed padded table with just enough force for them to push against your joints and make popping sounds as they do so.

After your appointment

After receiving chiropractic care, you might experience a few days of minor side effects. These could include headaches, fatigue, or pain in the adjusted parts of your spine.


Chiropractic adjustment can have some beneficial effects on low back pain. Spinal manipulation may also work for headaches and other spine-related conditions such as neck soreness or discomfort.

Chiropractic adjustment can be an effective treatment for various symptoms and conditions. Most people experience relief from pain after their first visit to the doctor, as well as improved sleep habits, less stress and anxiety, better mobility in joints such as knees or hips that may have been previously injured or immobilized by arthritis. 

If you want more information about how we can help you with your condition, please contact our practice today. At Terlep Chiropractic, enjoy our state-of-the-art chiropractic facility and discover the true wellness lifestyle! We will show you the natural way to better health without resorting to expensive prescription medications.



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