If you think chiropractic care simply involves “back cracking,” think again. The therapeutic treatment addresses various health concerns, making way for symptom prevention and relief.
Our team of medical providers at Arundel Medical Group, Inc., located in Glen Burnie, Maryland, includes experienced chiropractors who provide safe care for natural pain management and enhanced healing.
If you’re wondering if chiropractic care might be right for you, read on to learn about valuable benefits and what to expect from your treatment.
What happens during chiropractic treatment
During chiropractic care, your licensed provider uses special instruments or their hands to manipulate particular joints in your body. While these maneuvers, known as chiropractic adjustments or spinal manipulation, are pillars of the treatment, you may also receive exercise or dietary counseling.
Benefits of chiropractic care
Your specific benefits from chiropractic care will vary based on factors like the reason for your treatment and overall health.
Some of the most prominent benefits include:
- Reduced chronic pain
- Improved digestion
- Improved range of motion in your spine and other joints
- Spinal healing after an injury
- Better energy levels, moods, and sleep quality
Chiropractic care may also reduce your need for pain medication. An analysis of over 800 studies showed that people who rely on chiropractic adjustments are much less likely to be prescribed opioid medication for back or neck pain.
Given these benefits, we use chiropractic care to treat common conditions, such as herniated discs, migraines, tendonitis, and whiplash.
What to expect from your chiropractic treatment
When you begin chiropractic care, our team will discuss your medical history and conduct a physical exam. If you’re dealing with symptoms such as back pain, we may order an imaging test to get a sense of what’s happening in your musculoskeletal system.
Next, our team will customize a treatment plan. While some people require only one chiropractic treatment, others fare best from a series.
When it’s time for the treatment, you’ll lie face down on a padded table, which keeps your head slightly elevated. Each manipulation involves a quick application of force. You may notice some cracking sounds as your joints realign, but you won’t have to worry about pain or discomfort.
After your chiropractic adjustment, you might notice some achiness that resolves on its own within 24 hours. We may recommend applying ice or heat packs or performing specific stretches for aftercare.
While the benefits of your chiropractic care are apparent within 1-2 days, chronic conditions and injuries often require a series of treatments.
To learn more about chiropractic care benefits or get started with the care you need, call our office or request an appointment via this website today.