When people ask me “does Chiropractic hurt?” my typical response is no. Having said this, it is quite common to notice a degree of localized tenderness or general soreness in an area that has received appropriate treatment. This degree of discomfort is in no way worse than the pain you have already been experiencing and is in fact a good sign that changes are starting to take place. The most common technique you will experience with a Chiropractor is spinal manipulative therapy. While this is an extremely safe and effective technique, if you’re experiencing severe pain there are more suitable options ensuring your treatment does not hurt.
Subconsciously you may feel yourself tense or tighten prior to receiving a Chiropractic adjustment. In these instances it’s important for your Chiropractor to recognize this and delay spinal manipulation as it may result in a certain level of discomfort. Chiropractic treatment is usually extremely well tolerated and results in significant improvements which are in some cases almost immediate.
Usually if you have never seen a Chiropractor before your first few treatments can result in minor discomfort. However as your body because accustomed to manipulation and mobilisation techniques this typically settles.
If you have experienced pain following Chiropractic care it is important to discuss this directly with your Chiropractor as soon as possible. Given they understand your case better then anyone they can point you in the appropriate direction whether it be rest, stretching, exercise, heat, ice or another treatment modality.
So if you’re suffering from a musculoskeletal related complaint such as neck pain, sciatica or shoulder impingement syndrome it is worthwhile considering Chiropractic as a viable and effective management strategy.
So does Chiropractic hurt? We hope we have put your mind at ease and you’re more comfortable next time you visit your chosen practitioner. For additional information please don’t hesitate to contact our clinic directly via 1300-003-777.