What to Expect at Your First Chiropractic Adjustment

Chiropractic medicine has a myriad of benefits – it can help improve nerve communication in the body, joint motion and coordination, and can bring relief to back and neck pain. Our everyday activities take a toll on our joints and muscles, whether you lead an active lifestyle or spend most of your time sitting a desk for 8 hours. Many people who experience discomfort and pressure in their joints and muscles can begin to feel relaxed after one chiropractic adjustment. In this blog, our Manhattan sports medicine doctor will explain what to expect and how to prepare for your adjustment.

Before Your Adjustment

The main goal of this appointment is to assess your current condition and how it can be improved. Before the chiropractor performs the adjustment, he or she will ask you about any trouble areas to pay attention to. You also may be asked about your current lifestyle. Are you extremely active? Sedentary? Since no two patients are alike, this allows your chiropractor to have an understanding of how to move forward in the appointment and adjustment.

During the Adjustment

It’s normal to feel anxious or nervous about the adjustment, but it’s important that you relax your shoulders, neck, and back. Chiropractic manipulations is a highly controlled procedure and rarely will it cause discomfort or pain. Any popping or “cracking” that’s heard is your joints releasing tiny pockets of gas. If you feel any sharp pain, let your chiropractor know immediately.

After the Adjustment

Many patients report feeling more limber and relaxed after an adjustment session. Some patients need to go to several sessions before feeling the full benefits of chiropractic care. To promote healing and wellbeing after an adjustment, it’s recommended that you try light stretching, drink plenty of water, and sleep on a suitable mattress.

You don’t have to be an athlete to enjoy the benefits of chiropractic care. At Manhattan Sports Therapy, we offer a number of services for patients, regardless of their athleticism or strength level. To schedule an appointment, call our Manhattan sports medicine doctor at (626) 798-1330 today.