Due to the blockage, especially of the joints of the spine, different symptoms often occur with a time delay, which the chiropractor can treat. Which symptoms these are depends on which section of the spine is affected, because different nerves are irritated in the process:
A blockage in the cervical spine can result in headaches, neck pain, dizziness, hearing and vision problems. Shoulder and back pain, high blood pressure and digestive problems can occur in the spine. If the lower part of the spine becomes blocked, patients often complain of pain in the hip, abdomen, or legs and feet.
What does a chiropractor do?
Before beginning the actual chiropractic treatment, the chiropractor asks about your medical history (anamnesis) and examines you thoroughly. This includes orthopedic and neurological tests to determine the origin of the dysfunction. The chiropractor pays special attention to what is called a subluxation – a term used to describe the misalignment of a vertebra in relation to neighboring vertebrae. Subluxations can result, for example, from poor posture, lack of movement and accidents.
The chiropractor resolves a subluxation specifically and without much force by guiding the blocked joint into a certain position with a small impulse. This often produces an audible cracking sound. This process is called adjustment and must be repeated several times in most cases if one wants to permanently eliminate the discomfort. In most welwyn chiropractic clinic treatments, this requires 10 to 15 sessions.
If soft tissues such as muscles or tendons are also affected, the chiropractor will use various types of massage and targeted stretching.
An important part of successful chiropractic treatment is subsequent physical therapy, which serves to stabilize and strengthen the musculoskeletal system. It also includes home exercises that you can perform independently at home after brief instruction from the chiropractor.
What are the risks of chiropractic care?
In general, chiropractic poses few risks to the healthy musculoskeletal system and is painless in most cases.
The chiropractor can only treat complaints with a functional cause. This means that organic changes such as osteoarthritis or a slipped disc cannot be improved by chiropractic, but in the worst case can even be worsened. Therefore, it is important to rule out such pre-existing conditions before chiropractic treatment.
In very rare cases, complications such as nerve loss symptoms (such as numbness or paralysis) can occur if the chiropractor works improperly. Even more rare is damage to the vessels in the cervical spine when it is chiropractically adjusted. This can lead to the formation of blood clots and therefore strokes.