Spinal Alignment & Adjustments

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Chiropractic Adjustments | Lakeland FL

The chiropractors at New City Chiropractic perform chiropractic adjustments for spine alignment, correcting a number of conditions and treating various medical conditions and injuries. Chiropractic spinal alignments can help realign your vertebrae, relieving pressure on nerves and providing much needed pain relief. When you visit a chiropractor, the primary goal of your treatment in most cases is to reduce spinal misalignment, also known as subluxation.

Chiropractic Adjustment Benefits

Eliminating or reducing spinal subluxation with manual neck and back adjustments can be very beneficial.  The benefits of spine alignment include:

  • Reduced pain caused by spinal misalignment (subluxation)

  • Enhanced range of motion with improvements to spinal mobility and function

  • Reduced pain and nerve irritability

These are just a few of the many benefits for lasting pain relief and improved wellness after a spinal alignment and adjustment. Often, this treatment is simply referred to as a “chiropractic adjustment”.

How Does a Chiropractic Adjustment Work?

In every adjustment, your chiropractor will apply manual pressure on specific body tissues and areas by hand. The goal of the pressure is to release joint pressure on the vertebra where force is applied, which will sometimes result in audible cracks or pops. For most individuals, spinal adjustments provide significant pain relief.  Do not be alarmed if your muscles spasm or have brief tension shortly after the adjustment. Muscle cramps and spasms often only last for just a short period for the few who report minor discomfort. The cramps happen because your muscles are trying to move your vertebrae back out of alignment, where the muscles have been trained to position themselves.

Before your doctor attempts any manual spinal alignment adjustments he or she will perform a thorough assessment, and discuss your treatment options with you. Depending on your answers and the feedback provided, an X-ray or follow-up tests may also prove necessary. If your chiropractor believes that it’s the best course of action to adjust your back or neck after these procedural questions and exams are completed, the next step will be a spinal alignment.

Types of Spinal Alignment Techniques

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Gonstead Adjustment

This technique is used for adjustments that have a specific problem area to address. Using the Gonstead technique, the chiropractor will take a complete look at the spinal area and aligns the spine based on this comprehensive analysis. Full x-rays of the spine and nervoscopes are often used to best assess how to conduct the alignment.

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Flexion Distraction

This technique is a common and effective scoliosis treatment, but it is also a popular treatment for some types of joint pain and other common complaints involving back and neck pain. Flexion distraction stretches the back and aligns the spine by relying on adjusting tables with movable parts designed to decompress the spine via a rocking motion.

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Logan Basic Technique

Chiropractors begin the Loan technique with heel lifts, gently applying pressure around the spinal area in order to realign the bones of the spine. The Logan technique is an effective chiropractic migraine treatment for many patients.

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Diversified Technique

This popular technique can provide what some describe as instant neck and back pain relief.  The diversified technique is a common lower back pain treatment, used for suitable candidates in lumbar disk herniation adjustment. The “popping” sound that many associate with the chiropractor is also a result of the chiropractor’s manual thrusts using this classic style of spinal alignment.

Neck and Back Adjustments

Spinal alignment techniques and chiropractic spinal adjustments can address a wide range of conditions many patients face. For many people, specific relief is sought for neck and back pain. Here is a closer look at each of these common adjustment types. 

Neck pain and severe headaches can be treated with neck adjustments that realign the cervical spine. A neck adjustment  involves gently realigning the vertebrae in your neck to stretch joints on the side of the neck. 

If you are experiencing back pain in the thoracic region (mid-back) you would probably benefit from an upper back adjustment. If you’re experiencing pain in the lumbar area (lower back pain), a lumbar adjustment to align the vertebrae in that are could offer you much needed relief.

Chiropractic Neck Adjustment

During neck adjustments, gentle pressure is applied to realign the cervical spine. This decreases joint fluid, causing a pop or crack and releasing pressure in the neck area. Additional symptoms that can benefit from neck adjustments include:

  • Upper back and shoulder pain

  • Muscle spasms

  • Stiffness in the neck

  • Depression and/or anxiety

  • Fatigue

Back Adjustment Benefits

If you have long-term (chronic) back pain or acute pain that has persisted for a few weeks, chiropractic back adjustments can lead to lasting relief for the following symptoms and conditions:

  • Vertebral subluxation

  • Herniated discs

  • Strained back muscles and/or ligaments

  • Back stiffness

  • Difficulty with mobility due to back issues

Importance of Spinal Manipulation in Chiropractic Care

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According to a study cited by the American Chiropractic Association’s collection of facts regarding back pain, it is thought that as many as 80% of the population will experience back pain at some point in their lifetime. Spinal manipulation and spinal realignment are key components of a chiropractic adjustment that provide outstanding results for the vast majority of individuals suffering from back pain and similar issues.

Need a Chiropractic Adjustment?

If you’re suffering from neck or back pain, a spinal adjustment to realign your vertebrae and relieve pain could be just the answer you’re looking for. Contact New City Chiropractic online or give us a call at 863-940-3444 to schedule an appointment at our Lakeland, Florida practice.