Individuals who seek the assistance of a chiropractor, like the hundreds of patients at Twin Cities Chiropractic, may request to receive a spinal adjustment. In some cases, the chiropractor may prescribe a spinal adjustment either alone or along with other therapies such as chiropractic massage. It's a common practice utilized for various reasons.


What is a Spinal Adjustment?

A chiropractor conducts a chiropractic adjustment using his or her hands or sometimes an instrument. He or she uses a small amount of controlled force in order to correct the alignment of the spine. Ultimately, it improves the body's physical function and helps reduce pain and tension.


What Are the Benefits of a Spinal Adjustment?

Spinal adjustments promote a healthier blood pressure reading. An adjustment also has the potential to reduce pain by taking pressure off of certain parts of the back, especially the lower back. It's mainly a temporary solution because it releases the gases that cause air pockets, and those pockets are likely to recur. However, it's used on a long-term basis as a pain-relief management technique, oftentimes accompanied by other treatments. In some cases, the chiropractor uses it as a preventative care treatment. A spinal alignment may take some of the stress off of the neck in order to relieve pain. It helps those who have arthritis or other causes of joint pain.  


An adjustment increases your range of motion as well as your tolerance for pain and spinal flexibility. It increases your strength and lessens both nerve and joint pain. It enhances blood flow to the area. It affects your posture and may even improve your self-esteem and sense of well-being.


Some patients come to Twin Cities Chiropractic to seek relief from headaches. The spinal alignment oftentimes works great in these cases since the root of headaches often stems from poor posture.


Remember the days of bending forward to get examined for scoliosis by a school nurse? If you were one of the unlucky individuals to have scoliosis, you may not have found much relief for your back pain. However, a chiropractic adjustment may relieve pressure on the back, ultimately relieving pain. It has the ability to realign the spine, which is out of place in patients who have scoliosis.


Studies have indicated positive benefits for asthma patients and pregnant women. Regular adjustments have the potential to enhance organ function and prevent surgery.  


How Frequently Do You Need an Adjustment?

This varies from patient to patient. The number of sessions required is dependent upon the condition and the severity of it. Depending on the patient’s individual needs usually done on a weekly or monthly basis.   


If you’ve been experiencing headaches, back pain, or other maladies, give Twin Cities Chiropractic and Rehabilitation a call today to get back on track to great spinal health!