Do adjustments hurt?

Chiropractic adjustments are very specific and do not push joints past their normal range of motion, but rather restore range of motion to the joints. On some occasions there may be a cracking or popping noise that occurs with a manipulation; this is called a cavitation. A cavitation, as a result of a manipulation, is a release of carbon dioxide as the joint space is gapped to restore range of motion and provide space for the nerves.

Once you start seeing a chiropractor, you have to keep going.

Here at Lauderdale Wellness Center we focus on treating the individual which means every patient is going to require individualized care targeted to their specific needs. Many musculoskeletal issues are acute and treated as such, with active treatment. Our goal here is to get you out of pain as quickly as possible and give you the tools to effectively prevent recurrences without long term care. Chronic issues tend to take longer to treat and may require more regular visits long term, but the ultimate goal remains the same: to help you, as an individual, recover as quickly as possible.

Chiropractors only treat back pain

Doctors of Chiropractic have the tools to treat a wide range of complaints regarding all body systems; musculoskeletal, nervous, digestive, endocrine, etc. We are trained to treat all joints, muscles, and nerves, not limited to the spine. We most commonly adjust and treat the spine, but we are also trained to treat the extremities, peripheral nerves, and all muscles of the body, as well as counsel on nutrition, home exercises, ergonomics, and lifestyle modifications to promote optimal health. Some common conditions we treat outside of the spine include plantar fasciitis, hip pain, knee pain, rotator cuff injuries, TMJ, and the list goes on.

A friend told me that having a Chiropractor adjust your spine is very unsafe. Is that true?

Absolutely not!! This is a question we get very often and am amazed by the amount of misinformation circulating about the risks of spinal adjusting. The risk of being seriously injured by a chiropractic adjustment is between 1 in a million and 1 in a 100 million depending upon whose research you read, and what part of the spine we are talking about. That makes having your neck adjusted about 500 times safer than taking an aspirin. In fact aspirin and ibuprofen, taken properly, are responsible for approximately 16,000 American deaths each year. And no one died from going to their chiropractor. Believe me; if they had it would have been all over the news for months. Furthermore according to the National Institute of Health (NIH) adverse drug reactions (i.e. side effects of properly prescribed, properly taken) account for 2.2 million hospitalizations every year… That’s equivalent to the entire population of Arkansas – every year. So in a nutshell, yes there is a risk, but compared to the risk of other treatments, it is incredibly small.