Are Spinal Adjustments Safe?

Are Spinal Adjustments Safe?

Beatriz has never had a spinal adjustment before, and when her friend asked her for a ride to her chiropractic appointment she took it as a chance to satisfy her curiosity. During the appointment Beatriz couldn’t help but  ask the doctor “are spinal adjustments safe?” Her friend covered her face and looked embarrassed, but the doctor only laughed and assured Beatriz that the adjustments are perfectly safe. She couldn’t help that she was hovering and watching every move the doctor made. To everyone’s surprise, Beatriz had more questions about the services than her friend who received the treatment. The doctor encouraged her to book her own appointment, and Beatriz who had never considered chiropractic care now finds herself standing in front of the receptionist booking an appointment. 

If you have ever watched a YouTube video of a patient getting adjusted by a chiropractor, you might be familiar with the characteristic cracks. It might be a bit surprising to hear those sounds and even more jarring to hear them coming from your own body. If you are sitting in the chiropractor’s office for the first time and find yourself wondering are spinal adjustments safe? Just remember that as long as they are performed by a licensed professional, regular adjustments are one of the best ways to promote your long-term wellness. The chiropractic team at RxWellness Spine & Health is here for anyone no longer willing to live with chronic pain, and we are also available to answer any questions or concerns you might have about your treatment. 

What is the purpose of a Spinal Adjustment?  

A spinal adjustment is a gentle process done by a trained professional in an attempt to correct misalignments, relieve pressure on the nerves, and promote long-term joint health. The chiropractor typically uses manual techniques to complete the adjustments, but in some cases, a tool called an activator can be used. There are various reasons why people may seek chiropractic care, and one of the most common reasons is back pain. However, since the goal of chiropractic care is to improve neural communication by reducing interference, the benefits of chiropractic care can manifest themselves in all sorts of ways. For example, the brain sends signals to regulate every process in the body ranging from hormonal to immune health. Subluxations and tight muscle groups can interfere with the efficiency of how those nerves can effectively transmit important signals. Chiropractic care works to improve that process by creating an environment where the nerves can function at their optimal levels without the interference of subluxations or other compressions. The goal is to improve the body’s overall efficiency by improving neural communication pathways. 

Who Can Receive Spinal Adjustments 

Chiropractic adjustments are effective for most people, and there is no age minimum or maximum for receiving care. It can be beneficial if you are dealing with chronic pain or if you are generally pain-free and attempting to be proactive on staying that way. If you are considering chiropractic care and have some concerns about whether or not spinal adjustments are right for you, contact RxWellness Spine & Health in Vienna/Oakton and we can help you decide. 

Are Spinal Adjustments Safe

When done by a licensed board-certified chiropractic professional, spinal adjustments are very safe. The process is gentle and most patients describe the entire experience as relaxing. When you work with the RxWellness Vienna/Oakton team, we often pair your adjustments with other services designed to target the soft tissue. So in addition to your adjustment, you may also receive massage therapy, dry needling, or STIM.  

RxWellness Spine & Health 

When you work with the RxWellness Spine & Health chiropractic team, you can be sure you are working with the best professional in the Vienna/Oakton area. We have the best chiropractors who will work hard to understand your list of presented symptoms, or your overall goal of treatment and then create a care plan to help you reach the lifestyle you desire.  

Our patients can often be divided into two major categories: Patients in chronic pain and patients seeking to improve or maintain their quality of life. 

A patient with chronic pain might walk in with serious discomfort from an auto accident, a workplace injury, or repetitive stress injury. They are in severe pain, and once we complete their consultation we will create a recovery plan that is designed to help diminish that pain. This recovery plan may consist of soft tissue manipulation, Active Release Technique, or STIM and our goal is to heal the root of the problem and ease the pain. 

A patient seeking to improve or maintain their quality of life may be generally healthy and pretty active. Sometimes they are young athletes looking to keep their body performing at its peak level, and sometimes they are gym enthusiasts or just very active individuals looking to keep their joints healthy so they can continue lifting heavy weights or hiking uneven terrains. 

Regardless of where you fall on this spectrum, chiropractic care can help improve your quality of life in some way. When you work with the RxWellness Spine & Health Vienna/Oakton team you can be sure that we will help you better understand your body and outline how chiropractic care can help you see noticeable change.  

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The benefits of routine spinal adjustments can range from improved joint health to chronic headache relief and anywhere in between. Some people may be hesitant about receiving chiropractic care because they are unaware of the benefits or just wondering are spinal adjustments safe. Many people believe that they might only need to see a chiropractor if they are involved in an accident, or if they are suffering from some type of severe condition. However, chiropractic care is best as preventative care and can be just as effective in keeping the pain away as in treating it. If you think chiropractic care might be beneficial to you, contact RxWellness Spine & Health in Vienna/Oakton and schedule your appointment. If you have any questions or want to book a consultation, give us a call at +1 (703) 904 9666. We are located at 360 Maple Avenue West, Suite B, Vienna, VA 22180.