Does Chiropractic Care Hurt?

Does Chiropractic Care Hurt?

The answer I would like to say here is that “no, chiropractic adjustments do not hurt”.

However, the honest answer is that sometimes adjustments do cause some initial discomfort. It is usually under these circumstances: the patient is already in a lot of pain due to an acute injury, or the condition is a long term, chronic condition that has not been dealt with for a long time.

However, we do several things at Spinal Solutions to minimize any discomfort. First, we do a very thorough exam to try to get to the exact cause of your problem. Next, we typically use hot moist packs to loosen up the affected area. Finally, we stretch the affected area prior to the adjustment. Compared to other clinics, our patients have a very comfortable chiropractic experience!

Additionally, for those patients who cannot tolerate a typical chiropractic adjustment which involves a “crack” (patients’ description…not mine!) we offer flexion-distraction (F-D) adjusting. F-D does not involve any of the typical “noises” associated with an adjustment, yet is very effective in treating most spine-related conditions. In fact, we get numerous referrals from medical doctors and surgeons each year requesting this type of care for their patients.


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