by Dr. Melissa Diaz, DC
Many times one of the first comments a new patient will make when coming into my office is “I am a little scared to be here”. Honestly, I cannot say that I blame them! There is a lot of misinformation and assumptions that people make when it comes to chiropractic care. The truth is that chiropractic care is one of the safest options that a person can have when it comes to the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries. It is referred to as “conservative” and even “preventative” care, because of its effectiveness in improving movement and function in the body without any invasive measures. Problems are addressed without the use of drugs or surgery.
It is natural to be apprehensive about something new, especially when it concerns your body and well-being. For many people, the thought that somebody will twist and contort their body, causing the “cracking” and “popping” noises is enough to turn them off from seeking care altogether. Some fear that the chiropractic adjustment will be forceful, painful, and generally unpleasant. The truth is that chiropractic adjustments are very safe and involve little to no negative side effects as a result. Most people experience immediate relief and an increase in range of motion in their joints. The “cracking” noise is just an indication that there was movement in the joint adjusted, and is the result of gases being released from the joint cavity. There is little to no discomfort involved, and it is no different from the noise that comes as a result of “popping” your knuckles.
Chiropractors are highly skilled in adjusting or “manipulating” joints, and have gone through many years of training. Chiropractic is a regulated profession, and in addition to completing a doctorate degree, a Chiropractor must also go through a national and state licensing examinations in order to practice chiropractic. Chances are that when you visit your chiropractor, you are in the hands of a capable, caring, and professional individual.The Chiropractor is proficient in a variety of adjusting techniques, some firm, some gentle, some using instrumentation – but all effective! There are many adjusting techniques that are very gentle, and even the most vulnerable populations, namely children and the elderly, benefit from these types of adjustments. A good Chiropractor always ensures that the most appropriate technique is used to address each person’s individual health concerns. The patient’s body composition, age, medical history, and comfort levels are always taken into consideration when determining the right treatment action and adjusting style.
The vast majority of people that are treated with chiropractic care are satisfied with their care and experience little to no side effects after a treatment. When visiting a Chiropractor for the first time, remember to always be vocal and engaged in the process. Be thorough when describing your health history and apprehensions – feedback is critical in order for the Chiropractor to provide you with the best care. Make sure to ask questions and that you are comfortable before starting any kind of treatment. Taking these steps will ensure that you will have a positive experience. Give Chiropractic care a chance, you will be glad that you did!