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Did you know that back pain is the leading cause of physical disability in the U.S.? Though this is a grim fact, the good news is, you don’t have to live with that pain forever. Chiropractic care can very likely help you alleviate the pain associated with your spine, and our local chiropractors at Boulder Back Pain Clinic proudly offers the best chiropractic adjustment in Boulder, CO.

What is a chiropractic adjustment? It’s a physical medicine treatment where the chiropractor applies pressure to mobilize the affected and sore joints. This manipulation helps to realign and free up the spinal joints and relieve pain in your back and extremities.

Continue reading to learn all about chiropractic adjustment in Boulder, CO.

How Can a Chiropractic Adjustment Help?

The misalignment or poor movement of the joints in your body can lead to pinched nerves, muscle strains and cause pain. A chiropractic adjustment (also called manipulation) helps to realign the joints and spine and enhance mobility. It can reduce discomfort and alleviate pain. It can also help you to regain your normal healthy range of motion.

It’s important to tell us what’s bothering you so we can assess what’s causing your pain and figure out how to best resolve it and prevent it from coming back.

A chiropractic adjustment can improve the overall function of the body. It can help to alleviate lower back pain, muscle pain, neck pain, and even headaches. Problems with the head and jaw, shoulders, elbows and wrists, knees and ankles, hips, and pelvis can all improve with spinal or extremity manipulation. 

In addition to relieving pain, a chiropractic adjustment can help to reduce blood pressure and inflammation. Chiropractic care can even alleviate the pain associated with fibromyalgia, kyphosis, or spinal stenosis.

Chiropractic manipulation or adjustment, however, is not a standalone treatment. It can aid in pain management in combination with massage therapy, heat therapy, electrical muscle stimulation and many other physical therapy modalities. Your doctor will likely recommend stretches, exercises, and relaxation techniques; They may even prescribe some dietary modifications or supplements. 

Is Spinal Manipulation Painful?

Spinal manipulation shouldn’t cause pain during the procedure. In fact, many patients feel immediate relief from the adjustment. 

It is possible that you might have some discomfort or soreness for a few hours after the procedure. You can apply cold and or heat and stay hydrated to speed up the recuperation. If the pain gets worse, you should reach out to your doctor of chiropractic.

In rare cases, chiropractic adjustments can cause complications of varying degrees of seriousness. Certain issues can occur or become exacerbated including herniated discs, pinched nerves, and stroke.   

Who Is Eligible for Chiropractic Adjustments?

People who are injured in car accidents, have arthritis, suffer from poor posture, and/or genetic deformities can cause misalignment in the spine and other joints, these injuries can be resolved quickly with a chiropractic adjustment. Also, if you are an athlete with a musculoskeletal injury, someone who suffers from arthritis, or from chronic pain, you might benefit from a chiropractic adjustment

However, not everyone is a candidate for a chiropractic adjustment. If you have osteoporosis, spine cancer, bone abnormalities, chiropractic manipulation can exacerbate these health problems and cause you severe pain or discomfort. It is best to discuss these situations with your provider so that we may provide other helpful procedures and modalities that do not increase your symptoms.

What Should You Expect at Your Next Chiropractic Adjustment Boulder, CO Appointment?

When you go to the initial appointment, you should expect your chiropractor to go over your medical history and perform a physical exam focusing on your spine or specific area of complaint. Your chiropractor will evaluate the need for further examination via x-rays, MRIs, or CT scans before deciding if treatment is appropriate.

Outside of significant injuries (think severe motor vehicle collisions) or organic diseases, it is often safe to start a trial of treatment the same day to get you feeling better as quickly as possible.

For the treatment, your chiropractor will place you in a specific position on a table. They will apply specific pressure to your problem areas in order to restore normal healthy joint motion. You may hear some popping or cracking sounds during treatment—this is normal. The noises come from gases that build up in the joints when you move around or stretch. This is the same process as the sound your fingers make when you flex them.

We know that everyone is different. Our Boulder chiropractors will provide you with a treatment plan customized to your specific needs. We will determine how many times you will have to return to achieve optimum results. You may have to go back to see us a few times a week or for a few times a months to feel like your normal self again, this will depend on the severity of the injury. However, a lot of our patients only have to come in once and they start to feel better right away. No matter your injury, our goal is always to get you back to better as quickly and safely as possible.

You might have to take it easy after your appointment, but it shouldn’t be anything more than minor aches, pains, and fatigue. If it gets worse, don’t forget to talk to let us know with questions or concerns.

Scheduling a Chiropractic Adjustment in Boulder, CO

The first step is diagnosing and treating the underlying health concerns that cause your symptoms. Once that is taken care of, you can focus on treating your symptoms with chiropractic care.

You may find serious relief from a chiropractic adjustment in Boulder, CO. Your local chiropractor can even teach techniques for proper posture to help prevent your symptoms from returning in the future.

There are many chiropractors in Boulder, CO but none as experienced as ours. We’ve been adjusting Boulder for over 35-years and counting.

Call us or Schedule an appointment today with our office manager Ellyn and we will get you as soon as we can.

See how we can straighten you out with our top chiropractic care, today.


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Malana L.

I've been seeing Dr. Cahn for over 3 years now and love that he is relaxed, genuine, and personal.  He has helped resolve issues with my neck, low back, and hip. I go in for the treatment, but it's probably the great conversations we have that keep me coming back!

Amy M.

Dr. Cahn is highly knowledgeable and skilled in providing excellent care to their patients. They were instrumental in getting me through an injury to be able to compete competitively in triathlon this season. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing high level chiropractic care!

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