A question often asked by patients is, ‘How often do I need to come in for an adjustment?’
The default answer to this is usually, ‘It depends.’
Well, everyone is different so it really depends on a number of factors: first of all, the reason a person is seeking chiropractic care in the first place. Other factors include the patient’s overall health and their history of illness and injury.
There is a wide spectrum between the smoothie-toting elite athlete and the Big Mac-toting beer belly couch-potato. Nonetheless, most people come in with some sort of complaint such as, ‘I hurt my back’ or, ‘I have a headache’.
After assessing all areas related to the patient’s health, a chiropractic treatment plan is formulated. This again ‘depends’ on the initial complaint, but generally speaking, most problems require a number of treatments over the course of days to weeks.
At the onset of care, the treatment frequency is usually higher, such as every other day or in some acute cases, every day for several days. Treatment progress is monitored on every visit. As the patient begins to improve, the frequency of treatment can be reduced until they reach a point where they feel 100% or they have reached their maximum recovery.
From here, the transition of care may be to a level where we can help ‘maintain’ proper structure and hopefully prevent future injuries.
Very often the patients that come in to get treated for their aches and pains realize the other benefits of chiropractic care and will elect to continue treatment on a regular basis.
Some people come in for care without a complaint per se, but they see the value of chiropractic care as part of their health regime in maintaining good health.
It is important to remember that most problems don’t begin with the onset of pain. Pain is the body’s way of telling us that enough is enough. With the exception of acute injuries, pain is the last thing to show up and the first to leave so it is not the best indicator of functional problems. The key, of course, is to prevent pain and potentially more damage to the body.
Maintenance care may range from once every couple of weeks to once every few months, again, depending on the individual. Of course, lifestyle changes like adequate diet and exercise and proper posture are part of the picture in maintaining or supporting good health.
So to answer the question: ‘How many chiropractic adjustments do I need?’ – Well, it depends.
The focus of World Spine Day in 2017 is on the importance of body awareness and activities that promote a healthy spine.
“Your Back in Action”
It was just a simple thing, until it wasn’t…
Whether it’s dressing, playing, or sitting, sometimes, daily tasks aren’t so easy. That’s a message that rings all to true for many of us and for those we love. This World Spine Day, we’re dedicated to recognizing those not-so-simple things, and letting you know that chiropractic care is here for you.
Pain changes everything. Chiropractic care changes pain.
Our noisy joints are one of the medical mysteries of the body, which most people experience during their lifetime. When a joint is “cracked” many people experience a feeling of release and a reduction in joint tension.
To understand the possible causes of joint sound, let’s first review the anatomy of a joint. A joint is comprised of many structures:
- Ligaments – elastic bands of tissue which connect bones
- Tendons – elastic bands of tissue which connect muscles to bones
- Cartilage – a firm, yet flexible connective tissue which may deteriorate with age or injury
- Meniscus – a curved type of cartilage found in some joints
- Synovial membrane – encapsulates the joint
- Synovial fluid – acts as a lubricant
- Bursas – fluid-filled sacs which help cushion the joint
There are also several types of joints found in the body which allow for a different type of movement:
- Ball and socket joints – rotation (ex: shoulder)
- Hinge joints – bending and straightening (ex: fingers)
- Pivot joints – limited rotation (ex: neck)
- Ellipsoidal joints – a variety of movements and rotations (ex: wrist)
Knowing all the complicated structures to a joint as well as the types of joints, it’s no surprise that the shoulders are often the loudest. Grinding, clicking, popping, cracking sounds are quite common in the shoulders.
What causes the joints to make noise? There are a variety of possible reasons as well as theories as to why joints make sounds, including:
- Compression of nitrogen bubbles within the synovial fluid of a joint.
- Ligaments stretching and releasing
- Tendons changing position
As we age, our joints tend to make more noise as cartilage wears down and there is more friction and space to create sound. It was once thought that regular cracking or joints cause arthritis, but that’s no longer believed to be true. However, a recent study suggested a relationship between habitual finger joint cracking and decreased hand strength and joint swelling.
While popping and cracking is normal, it’s imfortant to visit a physician if you experience pain or swelling in a joint.
Joint health tips:
- Stretch before physical activities
- Practice good lifestyle and work ergonomics
- Good posture
- Try supplements such as mega-3 fatty acids, calcium and glucosamine (speak to your doctor first!)
- Practice good bone health
We’re here for you and all your joints! If we can answer questions or help you with healthy joints, please reach out to us: 519-258-8544
If you have visited us for a chiropractic appointment, and depending on your condition, you may have experienced that a chiropractic visit at Huron Church Chiropractic and Family Wellness Centre usually entails more than just a chiropractic adjustment.
We believe in treating the root cause of the problem, and that often entails the use of other non-invasive therapies.
These therapies may include:
- Heat Therapy – Helps reduce muscle pain and stiffness by improving blow flow to the area of focus.
- Electrical Stimulation – By sending light electrical pulses to the affected area of the body, circulation improves, muscle spasms reduce and the endorphins are released (the body’s natural pain reliever).
- Ultrasound – Helps reduce pain, stiffness, improves blood flow and accelerates the healing process with pain-free sound waves creating a deep heat therapy.
- Massage – A brief soft tissue massage performed by your chiropractor or with an electrical appliance, helps reduce muscle tension, improve circulation as well as the many other benefits of massage therapy.
- Trigger Point Therapy – Muscle tension can often immediately be relieved by applying heavy pressure to a particular area using fingers or thumbs.
- Cold LASER Therapy – Is a fast, safe, and effective healing modality, which helps speed up healing, as well as reduce pain.
- “Take Home” Recommendations – Chiropractors are trained to give recommendations to help your body heal and keep it healthy. Recommendations may include exercise, stretches, ergonomic improvements, lifestyle changes and nutrition and supplement advice.
Depending on your ailment, we often utilize multiple therapies in one visit to give you the best value for your time, money and health. Please reach out to us if you have any questions or to schedule your next visit: 519-258-8544
Some people who have never visited a chiropractor may ask: Is a chiropractic adjustment safe?
Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest, non-invasive and drug-free options available for relief and symptom improvement for a wide variety of physical ailments.
Chiropractic care has an excellent safety record, although it’s important to note that no medical treatment is completely risk-free of adverse affects.
While most patients experience relief after a chiropractic adjustment, some people may feel:
- Slight discomfort, mild soreness or brief pain which generally lasts no longer than 24 hours
It’s important to us that all patients are confident and informed. If you are considering chiropractic care and have concerns, please reach out to us: 519-258-8544
 Senstad O, et al. Frequency and characteristics of side effects of spinal manipulative therapy. Spine 1997 Feb 15;435-440.
Your shoulder is the most flexible joint in your body, and when it hurts, it can affect every area of your life, from work to leisure to getting a good nights sleep.
Shoulder pain can vary in intensity from mildly annoying to painfully debilitating. Whether your pain is acute due to an injury or has developed slowly over time, it’s important to determine and treat the cause of the pain and not just mask the symptoms.
Typically, shoulder pain is the result of 5 issues:
- Tendon inflammation (bursitis or tendonitis) or tear
- Instability (separation or dislocation)
- Referral neck or back pain
It’s important to get a proper diagnosis, with an understanding of your medical history including any injuries or daily activities that may have caused the pain. You also may be required to have imaging done; such as x-rays, ultrasound or an MRI.
Approximately 90% of people with shoulder pain do not require surgery. The most common treatments may include:
- Resting the shoulder area
- Ice or compression to help reduce inflammation
- Cold LASER therapy
- Stretching and muscle building exercises
- A chiropractic adjustment of the shoulder area and spine may be helpful to ensure that your body is in proper alignment. When you experience pain or discomfort, your body naturally reacts by overcompensating in another, and your shoulder pain might be causing other symptoms elsewhere in your body.
Be wary of masking the pain with anti-inflammatory medicine, as this may cause a false feeling of relief and further injury may occur.
If you’re experiencing shoulder pain, please reach out to us, we’re here to help: 519-258-8544