What is a fixation?
A Common Site of Joint Stress
What is ‘manipulation’?
A manipulation (also called an ‘adjustment’) is a manoeuvre performed by a chiropractor to relieve a fixation in the spine (although it can be done in any joint in the body). It is a small, fast impulse transmitted into the fixated joint by a well-trained hand (and no - it doesn’t usually hurt). The impulse causes a reflexive release of the tension around the area and aids the release of any muscle spasm. This relief can be felt straight away, but the complete effects can take hours to days to fully develop.
Often you may hear or feel a ‘pop’ or ‘click’ during the manipulation - this is nothing breaking, but a simple gas release inside the joint fluid. It is a sign that the joint has gone through its full normal range of motion and should now have more space to move. [Aside: Although great relief is often associated with the ‘pop’, research shows that patients will get better whether a ‘pop’ is heard or not so do not worry if you didn’t.]
What else do chiropractors do?
Posture & Ergonomics Are Important
Your chiropractor may use other pain relieving techniques such as dry needling (a type of acupuncture), trigger-point therapy, massage techniques, ice spray, joint or muscle taping, etc. We may also prescribe you certain stretches or exercises, recommend certain pain-management techniques, and /or give you advice on posture and ergonomics. A chiropractor is also qualified to assess your diet, give you an exercise program, and teach you techniques to manage mental and emotional stress.
And this what we do here at The Chiropractic Health Centre. If you’d like to learn more, read about what to expect during and after treatment [link: http://www.chiropractor.co.za/services/first-visit/], simply give us a call, or even just pop in to say hello.
Thank you for reading.