According to the American Chiropractic Association, chiropractic adjustments are one of the safest noninvasive treatments for back pain, neck pain, headaches, and other musculoskeletal complaints. Adam McKillican, DC, has 20 years of experience as a chiropractor and provides effective, careful chiropractic adjustments at Ventura Family Chiropractic. Located in Ventura, California, Dr. McKillican is dedicated to getting you out of pain without the use of drugs or surgery. Call or click now to schedule a visit.
A chiropractic adjustment — also called a spinal manipulation or manual manipulation — is a hands-on treatment used to improve joint range of motion and decrease pain and inflammation. Dr. McKillican determines if you’re a candidate for chiropractic adjustments based on your medical history, symptoms, and physical exam.
The chiropractic adjustment is a quick impulse applied by hand to an individual vertebra. This impulse moves the vertebrae and surrounding joints slightly — only millimeters — which gently stretches the joint capsule surrounding the vertebral joint. Within the joint capsule are fluid and carbon dioxide gas.
As the joint capsule is stretched, the carbon dioxide forms a bubble and pops. This may cause a popping or cracking sound. Afterward, you may feel a sense of relief or improved mobility.
During your chiropractic adjustment, Dr. McKillican identifies areas where your vertebral joints aren’t moving normally and may be causing pain. He carefully places one or both of his hands on the vertebrae at specific locations and positions your body safely.
Dr. McKillican may ask you to take a deep breath or wiggle your toes before he performs the adjustment. When he does the adjustment, you’ll feel a quick movement from his hands on your spine and may hear a popping or clicking sound. Often the cracking sounds that come from your neck seem louder because your neck is close to your ears.
Dr. McKillican may adjust different areas of your spine or extremity joints — including your shoulders, elbows, wrists, fingers, hips, knees, ankles, and toes. Afterward, you may notice that you feel more relaxed, flexible, or have less pain.
It is possible to have some mild soreness for a day or two after an adjustment, similar to soreness you’d feel after exercising. If so, Dr. McKillican may recommend using an ice pack on the sore area.
Yes, chiropractic adjustments are extremely safe. The most common side effect is mild muscle soreness for one to two days following an adjustment. Dr. McKillican always examines you before beginning chiropractic care to ensure that you are a candidate for chiropractic adjustments.
If you’re concerned or nervous about chiropractic adjustments, Dr. McKillican works with you to ensure you’re relaxed and comfortable during treatment. He can modify your treatment — incorporating more stretching and muscle work — if you don’t want to be adjusted.
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