Here's why you should consider seeking chiropractic care:
- To help restore normal joint mobility, alignment, and related neurophysiological function.
- To help decrease pain, adhesions, and inflammation in and around your body’s joints.
- To promote the relaxation of “tight” or “tense” muscles throughout your back and body.
- To help restore normal range of motion in your spine and/or extremities.
- To help improve your quality of life and your ability to perform your activities of daily living.
A chiropractic adjustment works on several different levels to help maintain or restore the mobility and function of your body's joints and tissues.
Here are in-depth descriptions of how chiropractic joint manipulation can help improve your neuromusculoskeletal health:
Restores Joint Alignment and Mobility
A chiropractic adjustment helps “reset” irritated mechanoreceptors (i.e., tiny position sensors) that are found within your joints. Occasionally—and often with injury—these sensors detect minute changes in the position of joint structures and voice their disapproval of the misalignment by creating pain.
A chiropractic adjustment realigns your affected joint’s structures, thereby resetting the mechanoreceptors and bringing the irritation to a halt.
Reduces Joint Adhesions
A chiropractic adjustment “clears out the cobwebs” (i.e., breaks up the fibrous adhesions) that form within and around a joint during periods of disuse or immobilization (such as after an injury).
In most cases, a high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust to a joint segment is ample stimulus to break such adhesions and restore normal joint mobility.
Alters Blood Chemistry
A chiropractic adjustment causes temporary (and favorable) changes in blood chemistry by stimulating the release of several key substances, including melatonin, endorphins, and a neuropeptide called Substance P. Substance P helps promote pain relief by making cells more responsive to stimuli that stop pain and by recruiting cells that aid the healing of the damage caused by inflammation.
If you’ve never previously experienced chiropractic care, it’s important to know what to expect during and after your treatment. When an adjustment or manipulation is performed on your spine or extremities, it’s common to hear an audible “pop.” This “pop” (which is known as a joint cavitation) is caused by a change in gas pressure within the joint being adjusted (much like the pressure change that occurs when you open a carbonated drink).
Because the adjustment may move joint structures that haven’t moved properly in some time, one may feel a mild soreness in the area that’s been treated. This feeling is similar to that of engaging in strenuous activity after a long period of little or no physical activity. A chiropractic adjustment itself is not painful. In fact, most patients experience some degree of relief immediately after the adjustment.
Redmond, Oregon chiropractor Dr. Mike Sorensen incorporates a number of other treatments into his healing approach. Dr. Sorensen may use any or all of the following complementary therapies in your care:
• Soft tissue work
• Postural assessment
• Functional exercises
• Physical therapy modalities
• Spinal traction
• Nutritional counseling
Chiropractic care is a safe, effective, and affordable approach to pain management and neuromusculoskeletal health. Ask Dr. Sorensen how he can help you achieve your specific health goals. Visit the Redmond, Oregon office today.