Thursday, July 25, 2013

One adjustment or more?

Sometimes one adjustment fixes the problem. Often times, and for most people, it takes a few visits to a chiropractor to fix the problem. This is because of tight muscles. When a joint goes out of place, nerves get irritated. The irritated nerves then send their irritated impulses to the muscles that attach to the joint and they goes into spasm. When they go into spasm they pull on the misaligned joint which re-irritates the nerve and the cycle continues. With all of this irritation, the nerves and surrounding tissue become inflamed, which also irritates the nerve. That is why I always recommend for people to do the three anti-inflammation tasks - water, ice, and a pill. Drink plenty of water. Use a cold pack on the area for 15 to 20 minutes a couple of times each day while the problem persists. And, take an anti-inflammatory that is available over the counter (such as ibuprofen, Alleve, or Advil). Massage is also recommended to go along with chiropractic because it relaxes the muscles that keep pulling these joints out of place. So - if one adjustment did not work for you, it probably means that your muscles pulled those affected joints out of place. Usually a handful of visits to a chiropractor does the trick. Each time you are adjusted the muscles stretch a little and there is less irritation because the joint has been put back into place and hopefully you are doing the three anti-inflammation tasks. Some people are not happy to hear that it might take a few visits to fix a problem like this, especially if only one adjustment "fixed" them in the past. Just know that what happened in the past might be different than what is happening to you today. Gentle stretching of the area can be helpful as well. Check my web site for stretches and exercises that can be helpful, and let us know if you would like an appointment. (813) 831-8321

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