Statistically, a chiropractic adjustment is one of the most effective procedures for spinal and extremity dysfunction and pain relief.
Chiropractic Adjustments Kansas City
Joint & Muscular Function
The human body needs to move well to live well. That said, improper motion of any given joint can cause the surrounding soft tissue structures (muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments, and fascia) to lack optimal performance. This is what creates the sensation of pain. Our Chiropractic Adjustments in Kansas City can help to improve motion, therefore relieving pain. At F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic, your chiropractic care will focus on proper joint and muscular function, as well as efficient movement.
What It Treats
Adjustments can help increase motion and reduce joint and muscular dysfunction—and therefore help you find relief from pain. Some of these pains we treat using Chiropractic Adjustments in Kansas City include:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Hip pain
Lack of mobility
How Chiropractic Adjustments Work
Chiropractic manipulation involves correcting abnormal movement patterns in the joints. Adjustments are useful in reducing pain and dysfunction while increasing motion.
For many people, pain and discomfort may stem from fixations (restricted joints) in the spinal column. Those restrictions affect how the body functions and a person’s range of motion. Chiropractic adjustments are a hand-driven practice. Through a gentle and quick force, chiropractic adjustments can restore that movement in the joints and increase the neurological input to the body.
Although there are many chiropractic adjustment techniques, the most common technique involves a professionally controlled and fast directional thrust manually into the joint. This thrust pushes the joint beyond its current range of motion to resolve the underlying issues. An audible release due to joint cavitation (the release of gas from the sudden decrease in pressure) often follows the manipulation.
In some instances, a patient may only need one Chiropractic Adjustment session at one of our 6 Kansas City clinics to get back to normal. Other times, a patient may require multiple chiropractic adjustments to fully improve mechanical function and reduce pain.
For people seeking an alternative to pain medications, chiropractic adjustments in Kansas City offer a safe way to return the body back to full functionality without extreme discomfort. They can also relieve stress and limit nerve irritation throughout the body.
How F.I.T. Uses the Chiropractic Adjustment Technique
The team at F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic often utilize chiropractic adjustments in Kansas City to help patients reduce pain and restore motion to their areas of concern. During a chiropractic adjustment, we expertly and efficiently manipulate any vertebrae that have abnormal movement patterns or fail to function normally. We then accompany this adjustment with soft tissue therapies and corrective exercises.
Our trained and experienced chiropractors at F.I.T. use chiropractic adjustments for a variety of patients. With each of our treatments, we evaluate the patient to best cater the adjustment to his or her needs.
During the initial appointment, we always discuss a patient’s pain levels, pain source, examine the range of motion, and talk about goals. We never rush the process, because our number one priority is ensuring that each patient receives the best care available. We will also ask about health history and if we see fit, we may recommend other examinations such as imaging (x-ray, MRI, etc.).
With expert care, we have patients lie in a position that will allow for a successful adjustment. We start by examining the spine with a little joint play to find where there is a joint restriction. From there we apply a controlled, quick force to the designated area.
For some patients, there may be initial discomfort as well as soreness following the treatment. As more time passes and the joints gain range of motion and the tissue changes, patients see a noticeable improvement in pain and the ability to move around. Based on unique needs, our chiropractors create a treatment plan, which will involve how many sessions a patient will need to reach his or her goals.
Conditions chiropractic adjustments treat
Since chiropractic adjustments target the spine and other joints, a successful treatment performed by a professional can aleve a variety of ailments. The key to success lies in the expertise of the chiropractor. If done incorrectly, chiropractic adjustments could do the body more harm than good, which is the opposite of the goal.
Because of this, all of our chiropractors at F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic in Kansas City go through intensive training to ensure we provide high-quality treatments without negative side effects. As a result, we can treat a variety of conditions such as headaches, back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, sciatica, hip pain, and a lack of mobility.
We do this by applying motion into the joints to reset abnormalities that may be the culprits behind pain. Since a lot of pain stems form muscle and joint tension, chiropractic adjustments treat the problem by releasing built-up tension. This action can strengthen the spine, which is where nerves travel between the body and the brain. As a result, adjustments can help resolve nerve irritation and pressure imbalances within the joints.
Many patients find that chiropractic adjustments in Kansas City allow them to return to their daily activities without having to take pain medications or greatly reducing the amount of medications they need. For the best results, we may recommend other treatments such as physical therapy exercises to complement and boost the effectiveness of a chiropractic adjustment.
What do chiropractic adjustments feel like?
Despite their benefits, many people avoid chiropractic adjustments in fear of pain. The truth is, a chiropractic adjustment at F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic does not hurt. For a first-time goer, the pressure against joints may cause some discomfort, and it may even be a weird sensation at the beginning. But the more often a patient attends a treatment, the more comfortable it becomes. In fact, most of our patients look forward to their next chiropractic adjustment to relieve stress and release pressure.
Patients may notice lingering soreness for the following couple of days, but soreness does not necessarily equal pain. A little bit of soreness can be a good thing. It shows changes in the joint and tissue, which is the overall goal of treatment. Most people can get through the sore stage without the need for medications.
A big concern for some people is the “popping” sound that stems from joint cavitation. This sound may trigger the brain to automatically think there’s pain even when pain isn’t actually present. The best way to avoid this is to understand that the sound is simply due to the release of gas. Joints sometimes become stuck together. Similar to if a suction cup stuck to a surface, when that cup is released, the suction release creates an audible sound.
Each joint has fluids that surround and protect it. Gas may build up in those fluids, and when a chiropractor adjusts that area, the gases come out. Therefore, unlike common belief, joints are not “cracked,” which would be painful.
We want all our patients to understand that everyone’s bodies are different. That means everyone will react to a chiropractic adjustment differently. Just because one person described the feeling a certain way, it does not mean you will feel the same thing. It is always best to speak with your chiropractor about fears and if you experience abnormal pain during an adjustment.
With each of our adjustments, we ensure that our patients are as comfortable as possible. Because of our expert care and dedication to the right technique, patients leave feeling better than they came in. Since we speak with everyone before we begin, we are able to cater the treatment to the patient’s needs, including being aware of pain points and triggers. That way we can educate, treat, and reduce pain in a single setting.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of chiropractic adjustments?
There are numerous proven benefits to getting an adjustment. Most of our patients choose adjustments to help increase joint mobility. This decreases pain and stiffness while also allowing the joint to move more efficiently!
Are there side effects to chiropractic adjustments?
If you've never received a chiropractic adjustment, you may experience some short term soreness as your body adjusts to the improved range of motion. However, long term, your body will be much better off!
What is the difference between a chiropractic alignment and a chiropractic adjustment?
A chiropractic "alignment" is a common misconception. Technically, bones do not get misaligned unless you experience a traumatic injury. Adjustments, on the other hand, simply release joints in order to increase mobility. We typically follow chiropractic adjustments by stability exercises to maintain the adjustment.
Are chiropractic adjustments right for you?
Take a couple of minutes to tell us about your symptoms and pain areas. Prefer to chat over the phone? Call us for a free phone consultation.
Visit your local F.I.T.
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