During your first visit, your chiropractor will evaluate you and explain which conditions you may have. We will then work with you to provide the best therapy plan. If you have never been adjusted before, don’t worry! This is your opportunity to have all your questions answered by a knowledgeable licensed doctor.
You will leave your first treatment like a new person!
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Conditions We Treat:
- Back pain and injuries
- Motor vehicle injuries
- Neck pain
- Sports injuries
- Work injuries
- Wellness care
- Shoulder pain
- Scoliosis screening
- Arm and leg pain
- Carpal tunnel
- Weight loss
- Bell’s palsy
What Is Chiropractic?
With around 22 million Americans visiting chiropractors each year, it is clear that this type of care provides some benefits. People visit chiropractors for various reasons, including relieving headaches and relieving pain in the back, legs, arms, or neck. This pain can be from muscle strains, car accidents, sports injuries, repetitive stress, or other causes.
Chiropractic care involves the use of spinal manipulation, along with other alternative treatments. The idea behind chiropractic care is that when your body’s musculoskeletal structure is properly aligned, your body will be better able to heal itself, requiring minimal medication or surgery.
The most common goal behind chiropractic care is to relieve pain in joints, connective tissues, bones, or muscles. More than 35% of those who visit chiropractors do so to relieve lower or upper back pain. It is also commonly used to regain mobility. Some patients will combine chiropractic care with other conventional medical treatments.
Common Chiropractic Adjustments and Treatments
There are more than 100 chiropractic adjustments that a chiropractor can use to help with alignment and functioning. The following are some of the more common adjustment techniques and treatments:
- Direct thrust or spinal manipulation: This is the best-known type of chiropractic adjustment. It involves using a low-amplitude, high-velocity thrust, i.e. a short and swift movement. The movement encourages the vertebrae to align properly, overcoming the lack of motion and increased pain associated with misalignments in the spine.
The amount of pressure used will depend on the person. Chiropractors are experts at determining how much pressure to apply. One of the critical traits of spinal manipulation is that it typically creates an audible cracking or popping sound. This is just gas that was trapped between joints being released. The technique does not typically involve any discomfort or pain.
- Spinal mobilization: Spinal mobilization is an alternative to direct thrusts. It uses either firm pressure or gentle stretches instead of strong thrusts. This method is more common among patients who need more delicate treatment, such as those with osteoporosis.
- Articulatory adjustments: These adjustments target injured joints, helping restore their range of motion. It involves slowly moving an extremity, like an arm or leg, throughout its full range of motion, applying force simultaneously. This can help with mobility and stiffness.
- Cervical spine manipulation: The cervical spine is the area of the spine by the neck. Pain in this area can cause upper back pain, loss of motion, headaches, and discomfort in the arms or shoulders. This manipulation involves direct thrust or spinal mobilization.
- Functional technique: The goal of the functional technique is to target joints to improve their overall mobility. It involves the chiropractor applying gentle force while moving the joint through its range of motion. When the chiropractor finds an area that is restricted, they hold the joint there until it releases.
- Indirect positional technique: The indirect positional technique helps treat hypertonic muscles, which are muscles with too much tone. Too much tone can result in pain and tightness and limit the movement of surrounding muscles, hence the need for treatment. During the treatment, the chiropractor puts the joint into a neutral position and holds it there, then applies a specific force. The force may lengthen the muscle, or it may release tightness so that the muscle can regain its health.
- Myofascial release: The myofascial tissue is a membrane layer that supports, connects, and covers the muscles in the body. Trigger points are areas of the myofascial tissue that are stiff due to various causes like stress. The area may also have pain, but not always. The pain may even be in another part of the body, which can delay diagnosis. Myofascial release involves the chiropractor finding the stiff areas in the tissue. The chiropractor then applies pressure to them, which frees movement and reduces pain. This type of therapy can occur in chiropractic or massage.
- Muscle energy technique: This type of myofascial release requires the patient to participate. The muscle energy technique targets stiff areas that have become painful trigger points. During the treatment, the chiropractor applies counter-pressure while the patient uses a particular muscle.
There are usually several repetitions, each lasting a few seconds, with a brief rest between. Each repetition will have a slightly different position. This lets the treatment target the trigger point across the range of motion. This treatment releases trigger points boosts blood flow, reduces pain, and increases mobility.
- Physical therapy: Some chiropractic treatments may also include physical therapy techniques, such as pulsed magnetic fields, lasers, ultrasounds, and electrical stimulation.
Additionally, chiropractors frequently offer advice about recovery and prevention related to home exercise, posture, ergonomics, diet, and orthotics (specialized shoe inserts).
How Chiropractic Can Help After an Accident
One of the many reasons patients visit a chiropractor is to help recover from a car accident. Chiropractic care provides numerous benefits in this situation, some of which are not immediately obvious.
One of the biggest reasons people choose to visit a chiropractor following a car accident is to reduce pain. The spinal adjustments done by a chiropractor can help with targeted pain relief. Also, they can help relieve pain throughout your body. This ability to reduce pain in your entire body comes from the fact that spinal manipulations release hormones to fight pain. The hormones spread throughout your body, reducing pain everywhere.
Get Non-invasive Treatment
Whether you are in a car accident or dealing with injuries from another cause, non-invasive treatment is typically ideal compared to an invasive one. After all, they reduce recovery time and risk. Chiropractic helps in this respect, as adjustments are non-invasive yet can produce results. Chiropractic care may even eliminate the need for invasive treatments.
Get Treatment Without Drugs
In addition to reducing the need for invasive procedures, chiropractic care can reduce your need for prescription-strength pain relievers. While many take prescription painkillers without problems, unfortunately, it is more common than some people realize the possibility of getting addicted to them. The addiction risk, combined with other potential side effects, means that most people prefer to avoid prescription painkillers when possible.
Chiropractors can help with this because their treatments tend to relieve pain. Even if you still need painkillers, you will likely need significantly less with chiropractic care, reducing the risk of addiction.
As a bonus, painkillers mask the pain without treating its underlying cause. On the other hand, chiropractic treats the pain by dealing with the underlying cause.
Preventing Long-term Side Effects
Visiting a chiropractor can also help prevent your minor issues from worsening and potentially turning into long-term, life-changing issues. Remember that even seemingly small or unnoticeable issues can worsen over time if not treated. By visiting a chiropractor, you can catch and heal these issues early, preventing those long-term issues.
It is common to experience inflammation following a car accident, frequently due to micro-tears in the muscles and ligaments. These micro-tears are so small that X-rays cannot detect them, yet they still lead to soreness due to the resulting inflammation. Chiropractic manipulations can help with this by realigning your spinal column. That, in turn, encourages your body to release anti-inflammatory substances that can reduce inflammation and pain.
Reducing Scar Tissue
It is also very common for scar tissue to form in the muscles following car accidents. That scar tissue leads to discomfort and stiffness. Chiropractors can use techniques that target the areas with scar tissue. Their expert manipulations encourage the scar tissue to break up more quickly than it would on its own. As the scar tissue breaks up, you will start to heal faster and experience less stiffness and discomfort.
Restoring Range of Motion
Yet another way that chiropractic can help following a car accident is by restoring your range of motion. It is common for inflammation and neck or back injuries following an accident to reduce your range of motion. This happens because the inflammation slows your body’s ability to heal by preventing nutrients and blood from getting to where your body needs them. Chiropractic adjustments mobilize the spine to restore the range of motion. As mentioned earlier, it also reduces inflammation, so the blood and nutrients can get where they need to be to help with healing. The result is that your body heals more quickly, and you restore your range of motion sooner.
Treating Invisible Injuries
Chiropractic can help by treating a range of invisible injuries that you may have following a car accident. Remember that whiplash can take hours or even days to appear and lead to symptoms like dizziness, neck pain, upper back pain, nausea, soreness, and dizziness. Not only will chiropractic treat these invisible injuries, but visiting a chiropractor right away will let you start treatment immediately, which should speed up your recovery.
Documenting Your Claims
As a bonus to the health benefits, visiting a chiropractor after a car accident can also help with documenting your claims. The chiropractor will have documentation of your injuries and the healing process, which you could then provide to your insurance or attorney as proof to help you get the claims.
Call (973) 485-2332 to schedule your appointment with an experienced chiropractor in Newark, NJ. We accept most insurance plans, including NJ PIP, for car accident injuries. We also offer physical therapy in our Newark location. Same-Day appointments may be available; call us today!
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