What to Expect From Your First Adjustment.

February 3, 2017

What is an Adjustment?

Adjustments or Spinal Manipulation Therapy, (SMT) are administered to regions of the spinal column which have become displaced or fixated due to injury or disuse.  These areas of spinal dysfunction may or may not produce pains.  SMT is designed to rehabilitate normal movement and placement of these dysfunctional segments.   The speed of recovery is dependent on several primary factors, such as how serious was the injury, (minor injuries tend to recover faster than major injuries).  How long you have had the problem, (newer problems tend to recover faster than problems which have been present for a long time).  Also, the general health of the individual will affect speed of recovery.

 

How Will the Adjustment Feel and How You Will Feel Afterward

 

When SMT is performed, you could expect to both hear and feel a releasing movement in the spinal column, which is essentially mobilizing fixations or subluxations - minor displacements.   This adjustment procedure may be totally pain free or you may feel some momentary discomfort, this largely depends on your level of relaxation during the SMT or adjustment.  Approximately 80% of my patients will feel an immediate improvement.  This improvement will usually cause a 10 to 50% reduction in the symptoms which will last for hours to sometimes months, depending on how long you have had the problem.

 It is not unusual for patients to feel soreness; approximately 20% of my patients may feel an increased soreness, as joints which have been fixated for long periods of time begin to move again.  This can be considered a normal and expected part of the rehabilitation process.  If increased pains are experienced, ice therapy combine with restful stretches will usually alleviate these symptoms.  This reaction may continue for the first number of therapy sessions until these chronic fixated joints begin to move in a more normal fashion.

 

Should I Call the Doctor With Concerns?

 

You should feel free to call us at any time with questions or concerns about new symptoms or increasing pains.

 

You can contact Cedar City Chiropractic & Rehabilitation at : (435) 867-3654 

 

Your treatment program is a concerted effort between you and me. Treatment protocol, if it is after hours, require you to call and select option 2 to reach our on-call physician.

 

Cedar City Chiropractic & Rehabilitation Adjustment Techniques:

At Cedar City Chiropractic we have an excellent blend of traditional and new age techniques.  We adjust by hand, we utilize drop tables, we have assisted technique tools like the pro-adjuster, we utilize soft tissue techniques like Grafton and ART, and we even have a table that will accommodate a full term woman lying on her stomach.

 

At Cedar City Chiropractic and Rehabilitation, Doctors Josh Williams and M. Curtis Hobson have the solution to more than just your back.  With professional, on-hand dietitians, health coaches, massage therapist, and Chiropractic physicians, we can focus on your overall health and wellness that will allow you to run FASTER, jump HIGHER, recover QUICKER, and will ultimately achieve your greatest wellness goals. At Cedar City Chiropractic and Rehab... We have MORE than just your back!

 

 

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