Chiropractic adjustment and spinal adjustment are both terms used by various chiropractors to refer to their respective techniques of spinal manipulation, and some osteopaths, in some instances, use the word adjustment as well. The differences between these two terms stem from the fact that chiropractors have adopted the less invasive and non-invasive technique of manipulation, whereas osteopathy and chiropractic have chosen the more invasive approach to manipulation. However, there are a number of key similarities between these two methods that will be discussed below.
Chiropractic adjustments are a process of spinal manipulation in which adjustments are made to the vertebral column. The goal of a chiropractor’s adjustments is to change the way that the body functions through the manipulation of the spine. Often times, spinal adjustments can alleviate pain, improve muscle tone, and improve the function of a person’s joints, such as the hips, spine, and neck.
A chiropractor’s job is not complete until the correct approach to manipulation has been applied. For this reason, a person seeking chiropractic treatment should be aware of what chiropractors are doing to their patients during the adjustment process and should ask any questions they may have about the results that they are receiving. A qualified chiropractor is well-equipped to answer any questions that one might have regarding their results, and is also able to advise a person on ways to further improve the functioning of their body.
Many people who seek chiropractic care are apprehensive about the methods that are used in spinal manipulation. Some chiropractors employ techniques that cause minimal pain, and many do not use any drugs to reduce the pain that is experienced during the adjustment process. This is a practice that is commonly referred to as “hands off” chiropractics. For instance, during the adjustment process, the chiropractor uses their hands to apply gentle pressure on the individual’s back and is not going to administer any medication to them. This type of practice has caused some concern in the medical community because it is believed that it is possible that a patient could suffer from side effects if they are under the influence of painkillers during the procedure.
Although chiropractic adjustments are done using the hands, there are still some risks that a patient should be aware of. One of these risks is that a person’s neck and back muscles may become sore or injured during the adjustment process. Some medical professionals may recommend the chiropractor refrain from providing spinal manipulation if they believe that they will need to see an urgent doctor because of this injury or they may even have to see an emergency room in order to be properly cared for. Chiropractic adjustments have also been known to be performed on individuals who are pregnant or breastfeeding, which can potentially cause an injury to the baby inside the mother’s womb.
Other concerns have been expressed regarding chiropractic adjustments that are performed without using anesthesia. Some have suggested that some chiropractors have used this method of therapy for a long time on patients who were experiencing pain that did not respond to over the counter painkillers. These practitioners have also been accused of causing harm to the patient’s spine, and this can include nerve damage, spinal cord injury, and even death. To avoid any potential dangers to oneself and to one’s child, it is important for patients to find a licensed chiropractor and ask to be shown how they perform their chiropractic adjustments, and to be fully briefed on any treatment they may offer.