Spinal Adjustment In Murfreesboro

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Spinal Adjustments

Spinal adjustments are also known as chiropractic adjustment techniques. They refer to a non-invasive procedure involving a sudden but controlled force on the spinal joint using hands or a small instrument.

At our Murfreesboro Chiropractic, spinal manipulation aims to improve spinal movement and the body’s physical function. The sudden thrust force may vary but helps move the joint more than it would move on its own.

Spinal manipulation techniques are the cornerstone of any chiropractic treatment plan. That is why the best chiropractors in Murfreesboro are trained to perform appropriate adjustments based on the chiropractic exam. For example, spinal manipulation is often recommended for sciatica as a preferred treatment.

Spinal adjustment benefits include increased joint mobility and improved blood circulation. There are no adverse side effects. Patients should, however, not try them at home without the proper supervision of a chiropractor.

Why Do People Need Spinal Adjustments?

Spinal adjustments are generally used for treating a specific or chronic pain health condition. It may also be recommended for preventative care, improved energy levels, body immunity, and better concentration. 

What Are The Pain Conditions Spinal Adjustments Treat?

Spinal adjustments are used to treat:

  • Sciatica
  • Headache
  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Scoliosis
  • Herniated disc

What To Expect After The Chiropractic Adjustments

Patients typically experience significant chronic pain relief after chiropractic adjustments. While the results are generally visible after the first visit, some patients will experience relief after a few visits. It mainly depends on the severity and diagnosis of the underlying condition.

Strenuous activity such as a heavy workout is not recommended right after your spinal adjustments.

What Can You Expect During A Spinal Adjustment?

After understanding health history, a physical examination of the spine is performed. In some cases, the chiropractor may also recommend some additional tests or X-rays.

Spinal adjustments are performed on a specially designed and padded chiropractic table. The chiropractor uses their hands to apply a sudden but controlled thrust to the affected joint. The thrust moves the joint slightly beyond its usual range of motion.

As adjustment is performed, patients may hear a slight popping or cracking sound. This sound comes due to the release of air from the joint.

What Happens To Your Body After A Chiropractic Adjustment?

Your muscles and bones are manipulated and stimulated after a chiropractic adjustment. That causes the body to release toxins, similar to what happens after a massage. Drink a large glass of water shortly after adjusting to remove these toxins from your body. Similarly, avoid sitting for lengthy amounts of time following your adjustment and make use of the increased mobility that your adjustment has provided by going for a long walk or riding a bike. If you’re returning to work and have access to a standing desk, take advantage of it. Anything you can do to keep your body moving will aid in the adjustment’s retention and prevent you from relapsing to a terrible position.

While it’s good to stay active after an adjustment, you shouldn’t overdo it. It’s also a good idea to try to get adequate sleep. Our bodies can mend and heal themselves while we sleep, and if you don’t get enough sleep, you’re hindering your body’s natural ability to restore itself.

How Long Does A Chiropractic Adjustment Take To Work?

The time it takes for an injury to heal following a chiropractic adjustment is determined by the severity of the condition. Patients with fractured bones or fractures can expect to recover between  5 to 6 weeks. If your injury resulted in a ruptured ligament or tendon in your spine, recovery could take anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks. However, damage to the discs and cartilage in the spine will have the longest recovery time, which could take three months or longer.

Patients with fractured bones or fractures can expect to be out of commission for 5 to 6 weeks. If your injury resulted in a ruptured ligament or tendon in your spine, recovery could take anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks. Damage to the discs and cartilage in the spine will have the longest recovery time, which could take three months or longer.

Are Spinal Adjustments Safe?

Yes, they are safe if performed by a trained and licensed spinal chiropractor. There may be some temporary muscle soreness or some stiffness that disappears in a few days.

How do chiropractors know where to adjust?

Your chiropractor will use their hands to assess your response to pressure and manipulation while looking for trouble spots. Your chiropractor will use your range of motion and gait to indicate where they need to work with your body to help you feel better.


Misalignments of the spine are far more prevalent and severe than you might think. There’s a strong chance you’re suffering from a joint misalignment right now and aren’t even aware of it. Schedule an appointment with our Chiropractic care for a personalized treatment plan if you’ve been experiencing symptoms like pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, or spasms.

Chiropractic care, unlike traditional medicine, does not rely on pain medication or surgery and instead focuses on correcting the source of your discomfort rather than concealing symptoms. We also provide soothing treatments and have an entire staff of massage therapists on hand to give more relief. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why Do I Feel Worse After Going To A Chiropractor?

The most common side effect of an adjustment is muscle and back pain. Your muscles may have been weakened by injury or used to sustain improper posture, and they are reacting to these systems being disrupted when your body returns to the proper form. Joints and muscles may ache as a result of this alteration. This sensation has been compared to a hard workout by several people. This typically lasts no longer than 24 hours, and the length of time diminishes as your body adjusts to the feelings of modifications. Some people do not experience this pain and feel better right away, but it is essential to be aware that it can happen.

If you’re worried about how you’ll feel following your adjustment, talk to your chiropractor about it as soon as possible. They should explain what to expect following your adjustment and give you any necessary aftercare recommendations. This also allows you to voice your worries and expectations to your chiropractor, ensuring that you and your chiropractor are on the same page.

How Do You Know If Your Body Is Out Of Alignment?

There is no such thing as being slightly out of alignment regarding health. Since everything from your head to your toes relies on this one system for support and function, your entire body suffers when your spine is out of alignment. Pain can radiate from your neck to your knees or even all over your body if your vertebrae are misaligned. You may not recognize something is wrong until it has become a problem. With that being said, possible signs that indicate  your spine is out of alignment include:

  • Chronic headaches
  • Lower back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Knee pain
  • Hip pain
  • Frequent illnesses
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet

How Much Does A Chiropractic Adjustment Usually Cost?

The chiropractic adjustment cost is determined by your location, the purpose of your visit, your provider, and your treatment plan. Many health insurance companies cover chiropractic care. So, if you go to one today, expect to be charged a reasonable fee.

About The Author
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Dr. Oscar Noriega, DC, is a trusted chiropractor who has been practicing for over ten years at Revolution Chiropractic Murfreesboro. He holds a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Northwestern Health Sciences University. Dr. Noriega is also a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and the Tennessee Chiropractic Association. He resides in Murfreesboro with his wife and two children.