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Many patients get a spinal adjustment to relieve chronic back pain. While pain relief may be the main goal of a spinal manipulation, but it is not the only health benefit patients receive. There are a wide variety of additional health benefits that anyone can realize from a quick chiropractic visit. Let’s examine a few of the most amazing benefits.

A Spinal Adjustment Can Lead To Greater Cognitive Performance

It’s incredible what a quick chiropractic visit can do for you. From a simple toggle drop to a “no-pop” adjustment, spinal manipulation has the potential to impact your cognitive abilities.

Research has shown that spinal manipulation alters brain function. When dysfunctional spinal joints are adjusted and corrected, your sensory and motor functions are improved. These improvements are attributed to how the adjustment affects the prefrontal cortex. A spinal manipulation can also improve other executive functions that take place within that same cortex. These could include your complex planning or problem-solving skills.

Spinal Manipulations Lower Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is more common than you may think. On average, 1 out of every 3 adults has high blood pressure. Many Americans rely on various medications to lower their blood pressure and keep it at a healthy level. Those meds work, but they can have some negative side effects, such as fatigue, nausea, and/or weight loss.

These side effects can be avoided when you opt for a spinal adjustment instead. Research has shown that spinal manipulations can significantly lower high blood pressure. And, in some cases, these effects can last for as long as 6 months!

If you suffer from high blood pressure, try out a spinal adjustment for a change. It could drastically change your quality of life.

Boost Your Immune System With A Spinal Adjustment

There are plenty of things you can do to improve the strength of your immune system. Proper nutrition, exercise, and self-care all influence the health of your immune system. And your spine health impacts your immune system too.

Studies have shown that a spinal adjustment can actually increase your white blood cell count (the cells that fight off diseases and infections). This increase can occur within just 15 minutes of the spinal manipulation! So, before flu season rolls around, it may be a good idea to get a quick adjustment.

Spinal Adjustments Can Improve a Variety of Conditions

It’s easy to assume that a spinal adjustment can only treat spine-related issues. That is not always the case. Aside from fixing your bad back, a quick visit to the chiropractor can help relieve and treat a range of medical conditions. These could include:

  • Headaches or migraines
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Fertility issues and menstrual problems
  • And much more!

Don’t see your condition listed above? Talk to the experts directly to see if an adjustment could influence your condition. A spinal adjustment could be exactly what your body is missing.

Book Your First Spinal Adjustment Today

Are you ready to realize some of these incredible health benefits? Then it’s time to work with the pros! Our experienced staff can apply the perfect spinal manipulation to fit your needs, whether it’s a high-velocity or gentle approach. Book your first spinal adjustment today!

Published in Spinal Adjustment
Wednesday, 02 May 2018 08:06

What Exactly Is A Spinal Adjustment?

A spinal adjustment, also referred to as spinal manipulation, is a technique for correcting spinal joint abnormalities that is unique to chiropractic medicine. No matter how a spinal adjustment is performed, the intention is to correct the alignment of the vertebrae to relieve pain and discomfort while improving overall well-being.

The Process Of A Spinal Adjustment

The process of a spinal adjustment has undergone significant evolution as the field has increased in popularity. The most common technique used for spinal manipulation involves high-velocity, low-amplitude (HVLA) thrust, however, not all techniques call for this type of movement. Spinal adjustments fall into a few different categories.

  • Toggle Drop – This adjustment method is what many think of when they think of the chiropractor. The chiropractor uses a quick thrusting motion to adjust the spine and improve mobility.
  • Lumbar Roll – This technique puts the patient on their side and the chiropractor uses a quick, twisting pressure to realign vertebra.
  • Table/Instrument Spinal Adjustment – Chiropractors can utilize specialized instruments that operate by spring loaded activation to perform a more gentle method of manipulation. This technique is often referred to as a “no-pop” adjustment.

Spinal Adjustment FAQ

Is Spinal Adjustment Safe?

This is a common question we receive from patients who are apprehensive to try this kind of adjustment. It is a perfectly safe option for patients when performed by a trained specialist, like a chiropractor.

Who Should Get An Adjustment?

Patients who are struggling with low back pain, neck pain, or headaches, often find the most benefit from an adjustment. However, it can be beneficial in treating a variety of problems. Especially with many of us sitting at a desk all day, back adjustments can help you unwind and relieve any tension caused by your everyday life.

Who Should NOT Get A Spinal Adjustment?

This kind of adjustment is not for everyone. Those with osteoporosis, cancer of the spine, or blood disorders should ask their treating physician before seeking chiropractic care.

How Many Adjustments Do I Need?

Every patient is different. Often, a series of chiropractic treatments over a period of time help patients get the most benefit from their spinal adjustment.

What Should I Expect During This Kind of a Chiropractic Appointment?

Check out our blog on this question here.

How Long Will A Spinal Adjustment Take?

Typically, the adjustment process will take about 15 minutes. In some cases, your chiropractor may recommend additional treatments, such as massage, electrical stimulation, or stretching, that may add to your appointment time.

What Should I Do After My Appointment?

You may experience some soreness in the parts of the body that were treated. You'll want to take it easy following your adjustment and be sure to drink plenty of water to flush out any toxins that were released during your adjustment.

A back adjustment can be highly beneficial when added to your regular self-care or pain relief routine. A trained specialist can help you identify underlying problems that may be causing you discomfort to help you improve your overall wellness.

If you're interested in the benefits a spinal adjustment can offer you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Funk at Ideal Health today!

Published in Spinal Adjustment
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 07:43

Spinal Adjustment: Can It Help Back Pain?

Did you know that at any given time, 31 million Americans experience low-back pain? In fact, low back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide according to Global Burden Disease 2010. Furthermore, as asserted by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), back pain is the most common reason for missed work and the second most common reason for doctor office visits. Some estimate that up to 80% of the population will experience some sort of back problem at one point or another in their lives. You may be one of the millions who suffer from back pain, and you may be wondering if a spinal adjustment can help you.

What Causes Back Pain?

The back is an extraordinarily complicated and amazing structure made up of bones and muscles. Contrary to popular belief, the majority of back pain cases are not caused by serious conditions such as infection, fracture or arthritis. Many cases are mechanical in nature. For instance, the simplest of movements, like bending over for a ball at the park, and even poor posture can have painful results. In addition, we have all heard about injuries or accidents resulting in back pain, but conditions such as obesity and even the stress of everyday life can further complicate back pain.

Spinal Adjustment for Back Pain

Spinal adjustment/manipulation or chiropractic adjustment is a safe and effective spine pain treatment. Moreover, this treatment is non-invasive, drugless and in some cases an alternative to surgery. Some benefits of spinal adjustment range from temporary pain relief, to long term wellness and preventative care. As defined by the International Chiropractor’s Association (ICA), spinal adjustment is the specific thrust applied to the spine, or vertebra, using the spine itself and other parts of the body as levers to correct any malposition.

Who practices Spinal Adjustment?

Spinal adjustment is part of the larger health care profession known as chiropractic, which as a whole focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous system. Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) are trained to deal with not only back pain but also neck pain, joint pain, and headaches. Additionally, DCs are trained to provide and recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercise as well as nutritional and lifestyle counseling. Rest assured, DCs are trained and licensed professionals that go through extensive undergraduate studies and years of graduate-level work and train extensively at accredited chiropractic institutions.

Spinal adjustment is a well-known therapeutic procedure. If you seek to restore your mobility, alleviate your pain and muscle tightness call or book an appointment with Ideal Health Chiropractic today!

Published in Spinal Adjustment