Q & A: What is a Neck Adjustment?

November 4, 2014

Chiropractic care is a non-invasive, drug-free and holistic way to relieve pain and increase mobility. Although chiropractic is a widely accepted practice, some people suffering from neck pain are hesitant to seek help from a chiropractor. The following are some popular questions about adjustments involving the cervical spine (neck).

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  1. How is a neck adjustment performed and what can it do for me?
    A neck adjustment is a scientific, specific, targeted thrust on the cervical vertebrae, usually performed by a chiropractor who has studied the procedure extensively. The adjustment helps remove subluxations and allows your neck joints to move more freely, reducing pain and easing stiffness in your muscles.
  2. How can this be safe?
    Since neck adjustments are targeted and done with a high level of skill, it’s very safe. The adjustment causes less movement than your neck is designed for and most people feel immediate relief. If you’ve lived with your condition for a long time before seeking help, you may feel some muscle stiffness or soreness as you adapt to your corrected posture. Always speak to your chiropractor about any concerns you may have.
  3. What if my condition is so bad a neck adjustment might cause a negative impact?
    Your chiropractor will perform a detailed analysis of your situation before recommending a chiropractic care plan. If chiropractic is not the best solution for you, they will let you know right away.
  4. What is that awful noise that sounds like something is breaking?
    Just as when you crack your knuckles, air and gas may be released when your vertebra is adjusted. It’s like pulling a rubber dart off the wall.  It may sound terrible, but it’s actually a good thing.
  5. Why would a neck adjustment be recommended for something other than neck pain or headaches?
    Your spine protects your spinal cord, which communicates with your nerve system. Nerve interference can cause symptoms anywhere in your body. Pressure at the top of your spine can shut off the nerve impulses to anywhere in your body.

The bottom line in chiropractic is — subluxation causes nerve interference and adjustments can help. Call 800.775.7900 or contact Chiropractic Lifecare of America to learn how we can save you up to 50 percent on chiropractic care.

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