What Does a Chiropractic Alignment Do?

Chiropractic alignment, also known as chiropractic adjustment or spinal manipulation, is a common type of chiropractic therapy. In fact, it’s estimated that nearly one million alignments are performed EVERY DAY in the US. That’s a lot of adjustments, but there are good reasons for the frequency.

Addressing imbalances in the musculoskeletal system, alignments help to ensure proper alignment of the spine, helping to improve the function of joints and the muscles surrounding them. Because daily activities, from working out to household chores can cause our joints and spine to fall out of alignment, routine visits for an adjustment should become part of any preventative care practice.

So whether you’re suffering from chronic pain or just want to make sure your body is in better balance, a chiropractic alignment can be seen as a beneficial maintenance option for your overall health and well-being.

At Oakland Spine & Physical Therapy, our chiropractors have years of experience in performing chiropractic alignments, making them safe and effective for patients throughout North Jersey. Since routine alignments can be a part of any wellness regime, it’s important to find a chiropractic practice that is close by and convenient to you. That’s why Oakland Spine & Physical Therapy offers four accessible locations In Oakland, Wayne, Fair Lawn, and Closter, New Jersey, with evening and weekend hours, to make it easy to receive chiropractic alignments.

What is a Chiropractic Alignment?

A chiropractic alignment is a treatment performed by a licensed chiropractor. During this procedure, the chiropractor applies pressure or controlled force to a particular joint or problematic area of the spine. The purpose of chiropractic alignment is to reduce pain and discomfort while improving overall mobility and function by realigning the spine into proper balance.

What are the Benefits of a Chiropractic Alignment?

The primary benefit of chiropractic alignment is pain relief. Chiropractic alignment helps alleviate everything from chronic neck, back, and joint pain to muscle, tissue, and nerve discomfort by realigning the spine and reducing the amount of pressure on and around these areas. This can also lead to fewer headaches and reduced symptoms caused by chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia and neuropathy.

A chiropractic alignment can help increase your mobility and range of motion. This means that you may experience the ability to move more freely and enjoy increased agility and flexibility as well as decreased stiffness. With joints no longer irritated, inflammation (which causes stiffness, discomfort, as well as a negative immune response within the body) is reduced, helping to improve the body’s functions overall. Patients who receive consistent alignments often experience surprising results such as better digestion, more energy and improved posture.

However, a chiropractic alignment doesn’t just provide physical benefits. When a patient experiences a reduction in chronic pain, it makes daily living easier: work performance may improve, sleep becomes easier and more restful, mental clarity improves and moods and mental health can become better.

What Can You Expect During a Chiropractic Alignment?

Although millions of people undergo chiropractic alignments every year, some people are still hesitant to take advantage of this therapy’s benefits, because they don’t know what to expect. There’s nothing to worry about however, because a chiropractic alignment is a simple and quick procedure that is safe and non-invasive.

During an alignment, you’ll be asked to lie, usually face down, on a padded table. This allows the chiropractor to easily put you in the best positions to treat your problem areas. Then, the chiropractor will use either their hands or special tools, such as an activator adjusting instrument, to apply pressure to joints within the spine. Using quick, precision movements and controlled force, joints experience a type of recalibration that helps to eliminate nerve irritation within joints.

Some patients might notice they hear an audible “popping” sound during a chiropractic alignment. This is nothing to be alarmed about, it’s just nitrogen gas being released from the joint because of the pressure change from the manual therapy. What you may enjoy more about the procedure is the immediate sense of pain relief and enhanced mobility. While every patient is different, many patients see such immediate results.

Who Can Benefit From a Chiropractic Alignment?

Chiropractic Alignment for Back Pain

Chiropractic alignment is a popular procedure for those who struggle with chronic back pain, particularly lower back pain. These adjustments can lead to decreased discomfort over time, as well as better posture, which will also encourage less pain and more energy.

Chiropractic Alignment for Athletes

Actively playing sports or engaging in high impact activities can lead to more wear and tear on their bodies, particularly their joints. To keep up with physically demanding training and competitions, chiropractors recommend athletes utilize chiropractic alignments to  decrease the risk of injury, improve muscle and joint function, and help improve performance.

Chiropractic Alignment for Headaches

It might not seem like a spinal alignment would relate to headaches, which feel like they originate from the brain. But muscle tension caused by a misaligned spine can lead to frequent headaches.

Chiropractic Alignment for Pregnant Women

Pregnancy isn’t easy on the body and the strain of carrying a baby can place joints into misalignment. Chiropractic alignment is safe during pregnancy and may help relieve discomfort in the spine and pelvis, as well as decrease stress, and improve general mobility.

Chiropractic Alignment for Children

Chiropractic alignment can be beneficial for children, too. It can support their growth and correct posture problems or other developmental issues before they get out of hand. It can also be a supportive therapy for kids with ADHD, autism, sensory or behavioral issues.

How Long Does a Chiropractic Alignment Last?

A chiropractic alignment’s relief can last a few days to many months, depending on your body’s condition and your activity level. When you first start visiting a chiropractor, you may only experience short-lived relief after your sessions, but as you continue having frequent visits and your body gradually adjusts to the new and improved changes, you should be able to start having chiropractic adjustments much less often.

How Often Should I Go to a Chiropractor to Stay Aligned?

The frequency of your visits to the chiropractor depends on several factors, such as your current conditions, type of chronic pain, and physical condition. The cadence of your alignments will also be influenced by your reason for the alignment – whether it is for general body maintenance, chronic pain or a long-term condition. Acute conditions for example will require more frequent sessions initially while alignments for maintenance may only be necessary once or twice a year.

Chiropractic Alignment in North Jersey

If you live in North Jersey, Oakland Spine & Physical Therapy makes it easy to receive alignments safely in a welcoming and comfortable environment. Our offices, located In Oakland, Wayne, Fair Lawn, and Closter, New Jersey, are open at convenient hours to accommodate your busy schedule. If you suffer from chronic pain or a hard-to-treat condition, reach out to Oakland Spine & Physical Therapy for a consultation. Our experienced, renowned chiropractors are leaders in their field and are happy to walk new patients through the healing process.