What Does a Chiropractic Adjustment Feel Like?

A chiropractor showing proper spinal alignment on a fake skeleton
A chiropractor showing proper spinal alignment on a fake skeleton

At Williams Chiropractic, we’ve been providing residents of Clemmons and the surrounding communities with world-class chiropractic care for many years. Many of the most common questions we receive come from our new patients who may be nervous to try chiropractic for the first time: what does a chiropractic adjustment feel like? Will it hurt? Will I feel my spine popping and cracking? What does it feel like afterward?

Although chiropractic care is customized for each individual’s needs, and thus different treatments will feel different to different people, there are enough commonalities that we can confidently answer many of these questions. Read on to learn more, and if you are seeking chiropractic treatment in the Clemmons area, contact us to schedule your consultation today.

Do Chiropractic Adjustments Hurt?

First and foremost — no. Generally speaking, chiropractic adjustments are completely painless, utilizing gentle pressure and minimal movements to guide your spine into alignment. Depending on factors like tension and inflammation, there may be brief moments of discomfort as your chiropractor works to position your joints for full range of motion or tap your spine into place. For the most part, however, clients report that chiropractic adjustments feel like tension and release, bringing relief from pain.

At Williams Chiropractic, we’re proud to offer the Pro Adjuster for optimal chiropractic adjustments. This sophisticated machine, born of NASA technology, checks for subluxations and isolates spinal problems with more accuracy than even the best-trained doctors. It utilizes a gentle, pain-free oscillating motion to softly tap vertebra into alignment, providing back pain relief and ongoing pain management. You can read our post “How the Pro Adjuster Enhances Your Chiropractic Treatment” to learn more.

Will I Hear Popping or Cracking Noises?

Probably so. Sometimes, the spine falls out of alignment because two joints got “stuck” together. When you pull a suction cup off a glass window, it makes a popping sound once it releases. This mechanism is similar to what happens in your body when a chiropractor relieves suction between joints, and it’s why you are likely to hear a popping sound.

To be clear: you are not hearing the bones themselves pop or crack, but rather, the vacuum release of gases in the fluid in your joints.

Not every adjustment will produce audible popping noises. Some methods are low-force enough that they don’t cause a sound, and other times there simply isn’t a sufficient buildup of gas in the joint to create that vacuum-suction popping noise.

What Will I Feel Like After a Chiropractic Adjustment?

Some people feel slightly tender or sore in the areas that were worked on after an adjustment, but this mild discomfort is normal and generally minimal. After all, chiropractic treatments are designed to relieve pain — not to cause it!

In terms of the issue you’re treating with chiropractic care, you should be able to feel changes almost immediately. Responses to adjustments largely depend on how long a problem has gone on and how serious the issue is. If you’ve been suffering from chronic lower back pain for quite some time, then you should feel relief right away — but later on, you may feel “a bit off.” This is because your body is still adjusting to its new alignment, and it may feel strange to you.

Most people report feeling more balanced and flexible, and some report feeling tired, like they’ve just finished a heavy workout at the gym. These are all normal responses to chiropractic treatment.

Generally speaking, it takes several adjustments to restore the spine and back muscles to their proper alignment after being misaligned for some time. Every treatment builds on the last, reinforcing good alignment in order to eliminate your symptoms, relieve your pain, and restore your full range of motion.

Will My Spine Feel Loose?

No. Many people have a misconception that because the chiropractor is working to move things around in your back, their spine will end up feeling loose or wobbly because of it. This isn’t how the spine works. While you may feel more flexible afterward, chiropractic treatments don’t make it any more likely for your joints or discs to slip out of position — in fact, they restore your spine to its proper, neutral position, where it is less likely for injury to occur.

Try It Yourself at Williams Chiropractic

If you’ve never received chiropractic care before, but you are seeking an ideal treatment for your neck pain or lower back pain, then we hope today’s post has given you more confidence in scheduling your first chiropractic appointment. If you’re in the Clemmons area, please contact us to book a consultation or a treatment at Williams Chiropractic! We’re proud to be one of the only chiropractic clinics in North Carolina to offer treatment with the Pro Adjuster and DRX9000 spinal decompression systems, bringing you the latest technologies in chiropractic adjustments. Our experience, knowledge, and equipment all work in sync to provide the very best care that we can.

Contact us to schedule your consultation, or book a chiropractic appointment in Clemmons today! We’re standing by and ready to help you find relief.

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