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A chiropractic adjustment, also known as spinal manipulation, is a procedure that is performed to improve spinal motion and enhance the body’s physical function by bringing the bones of a joint back to their normal, natural position. The procedure is performed by trained specialists (chiropractors) who use their hands or a small instrument to apply a controlled, sudden directional thrust into a spinal joint. Besides chiropractors, physical therapists and osteopathic physicians may be trained and licensed to perform chiropractic adjustment as well.
Some of the most common conditions for chiropractic adjustment are low back pain, neck pain, and headache.
During a chiropractic adjustment, you will lie down on a specifically designed chiropractic table so the chiropractor can administer treatment. Your position on the table can vary depending on your problem or diagnosis. Most often, the chiropractor will ask you to lie face down. The chiropractor will use their hands to apply a controlled, directional force to a joint. This movement is designed to push the joint beyond its usual range of motion. You may hear cracking or popping sounds as your joints are moved by the chiropractor during a treatment session.
You can go back to your hotel immediately after your treatment session. In some cases, you may even be allowed to leave for home the next day. However, a chiropractic adjustment may require a series of visits, usually around 6 to 10 visits until you attain maximum improvement. You can travel to South Korea multiple times for each visit, or you can stay in the area until you complete all treatment sessions.
The recovery time varies for one person to another. In general, it is recommended that you rest for at least a day or two after each session of chiropractic adjustment, especially if you experience minor side effects, such as fatigue, headache, or pain in the parts of the body that were treated. You may also need to avoid strenuous activity until your condition is fully healed. Your chiropractor will give you a detailed recovery timeline.
Your chiropractor will give you specific aftercare instructions which may include:
Drink plenty of water. Keep drinking more than the normal amount for several days to keep your body properly functioning and healthy.
Keep moving. Avoid sitting for long periods of time and try going for a long walk or take a bike ride. If you need to go back to work, it is best that you utilize a standing desk.
Move carefully. While you need to stay active, you should not overdo it.
Do the exercises that your chiropractor gives you.
According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), chiropractic adjustment has been proven to provide relief for mild and moderate low back pain. Overall, the procedure is considered safe. Minor and temporary side effects (headache, sore joints, dizziness, fatigue) occur in 23% to 83% adult patients. Serious risks that can be debilitating are very rare, ranging from 1 per 2 million adjustments and 13 per 10,000 patients. These serious risks include:
Spinal cord injury
Spinal disk injury
Cauda equina syndrome.
Massage therapy, exercise, and physical therapy offer similar results to chiropractic adjustment. Other alternatives to chiropractic adjustment include painkillers, spinal fusion surgery, or nerve treatment. Make sure to consult your doctor for the best treatment for your specific case.
Before chiropractic adjustment, you may experience low back pain, headaches, or other spine-related conditions, such as neck pain. After the procedure, your condition will improve, the pain should disappear, and you will feel reenergized. Generally, a successful chiropractic adjustment will improve your quality of life.
Whilst the information presented here has been accurately sourced and verified by a medical professional for its accuracy, it is still advised to consult with your doctor before pursuing a medical treatment at one of the listed medical providers. This content was last updated on 28/11/2020.