Are Chiropractic Adjustments Painful?

Updated: Aug 23, 2019

If you have never had a chiropractic adjustment before, you may have a lot of questions regarding the procedure. Specifically, is this a safe procedure? After all, it is a practice that directly affects the spine—a crucial part of the body that controls and coordinates every organ and cell in the body. In short, yes, chiropractic adjustments are safe when performed by a trained and certified chiropractor. In today’s blog, we at Springs Integrated Health would like to take a closer look at this issue and look into common safety concerns regarding chiropractic adjustments.

At Springs Integrated Health, we are not only experts in chiropractic care but also of integrated health care. Our team of doctors, chiropractors, and physical therapist strive to provide the community of Colorado Springs with all-natural, holistic medical care. We take tremendous pride in our ability to help those suffering from pain achieve lasting pain relief without the use of surgery or drugs.

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Do Chiropractic Adjustments Hurt?

Rarely do patients experience any sort of lasting pain or discomfort after receiving a chiropractic adjustment. Quite often, it is actually the opposite. Patients will report feeling instant relief from their neck or back pain. However, like with almost all medical procedures, there have been some instances where patients report complications, including herniated disks and compression of nerves in the lower spinal column. This, however, is very rare and will likely not be the case with your adjustment.

For most patients, chiropractic adjustments are painless. When pain is reported, it is often very minimal and includes minor side effects, like a bit of soreness. The degree of soreness typically depends upon the amount of inflammation and tension in the affected area. If you experience this pain, it will likely only last for a short time. When this effect is experienced, many patients report it being comparable to the soreness felt after a workout.


What About the Popping? That Has to Hurt, Right?

During a typical chiropractic adjustment, your chiropractor will place you in a specific position—more often than not this will be face down on a specially designed table. The chiropractor will then use his or her hands to apply a sudden and controlled force to the targeted joint, pushing it just beyond its normal range of motion, which is surprisingly quite painless. When this occurs, you will often hear a surprisingly loud pop or crack. However, there is no reason to be alarmed by this. All this means is that the two surfaces that make up the joint are stuck together in a suction-like kind of way. When careful force is applied, this releases the sticking, relieving pain and giving the components of your joint the space it needs to function properly.

After My First Adjustment, Will I Always Need Adjustments?

For the most part, this is not true. However, it does prompt an explanation. For instance, once you started brushing and flossing your teeth did anyone tell you that since you started you will have to continue for the rest of your life? No, this probably didn’t happen. And the point, we are making is that this argument—that once you start with chiropractic adjustments you will need them regularly—is very similar. If after your treatment you choose to never have another adjustment again, that is fine. However, if you want to keep your spine and back in optimal health, we recommend getting adjustments routinely. Remember, you are only as healthy as your spine and nervous system, and people who receive chiropractic care regularly often lead healthier lives.

When it comes to commonly used medical practices and prescribed drugs, not all are safe.  In fact, this is an understatement: many of the drugs and invasive procedures used to treat neck pain, back pain, and other bodily pains are far too risky to be the first treatment. They can have potentially life-changing ramifications. If you are suffering from neck, back, or some other similar pain and you are in the Colorado Springs area, contact Springs Integrated Health.

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