Huntington Beach Chiropractor
The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as “spinal manipulation,” also called “chiropractic adjustment.” The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile – or restricted in their movement – as a result of a tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for the sufferer. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.
Most patients begin care because they’ve suffered some type of symptom. Frequent visits during this early stage of relief care produce one of three responses. One, you see faster results with your symptoms improving quickly. Two, you feel like you’re getting a little worse before you improve. Three, you will enjoy the steady improvement as each visit builds on the ones before.
At some point you’ll be feeling better and reach a fork in the road where you’ll have a decision to make. Sure you’ll be feeling better, but your muscles and ligaments haven’t fully healed which happens after symptoms subside. This is also similar when you break a bone or cut yourself . The pain goes away before the cast comes off or the scab falls off. After pain has gone away, patients typically have a decision to make as far as continuing treatment to achieve maximum healing or come as needed. In most cases, if you choose to come as needed without strengthening the muscles and ligaments, you’ll be predisposed to relapse. It might be weeks, months, or even years later, and when it occurs it’s usually at the worst time possible. Unfortunately once this happens, we will have to start the whole process over again with a series of frequent visits. This is why we encourage each patient to follow through with their recommended treatment plan.
- Posture correction
- Increased flexibility
- Increased ease of breathing and measurable change in air volume
- Increased stamina
- Increased mechanical efficiency
- Increased physical and athletic performance
- Faster recovery time after exercise
- Treats all pain simultaneously
- Unwind through old injuries