Our doctors of chiropractic are specialists in the body’s movement system – the complex interaction of nervous system, muscular system, and skeletal system.  Chiropractic adjustments are the manual, hands-on treatments expertly applied to correct imbalances in the movement system, particularly at the spine.  A chiropractic adjustment is a drug-free and natural way to address many of the pain conditions we treat.  Performed correctly, it reduces pain and improves mobility.  Depending on the nature of the problem, the frequency and quantity of treatments will vary.  Some people enjoy cumulative benefit as they move through a course of daily or weekly chiropractic treatments to reach their pain relief goal.  Other chronic problems benefit from regular treatments at weekly to monthly intervals in order to maintain mobility and pain relief.  Additionally, some people get pain relief with one treatment.  Each pain problem is different, so our team of doctors works to help you reach your goals combining our expertise with the best medical research.

What is a chiropractic adjustment like?

Prior to treatment, our doctors ask questions to understand your concerns.  They will examine the area of pain and explain the diagnosis and treatment plan.  When all of your questions are answered, you can decide to get started with chiropractic care on the same day.  The actual process of a chiropractic adjustment starts with your doctor using his hands to feel your spine motion.  The chiropractor detects joints in the spine that are not moving correctly, the level of muscle tension, and areas that may be painful with local swelling/ inflammation.  Your chiropractor then applies a comfortable and short thrust of the joints in the right direction of motion. The immediate effect is a release of pain suppressing neurological chemicals, improved muscular support of the area, and an increase of the joint’s range of motion.  According to research, the most common side-effect (<20% of the time) is a mild discomfort lasting from 4-12 hours similar to soreness felt after exercise or massage.

Chiropractic adjustments are widely recognized as one of the safest, drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for back pain, neck pain, headaches, and other neuromusculoskeletal problems.

Chiropractic adjustments are often part of a customized course of treatment. At a certain dose, the effects of adjustments are cumulative and complementary.  Your specific plan of chiropractic care may include chiropractic adjustments and/or other types of therapies to help you meet your goals.  If you have questions about whether chiropractic care would be an appropriate treatment for you, please do not hesitate to contact us and talk to one of our doctors.

The science of chiropractic adjustments.

Chiropractic research (like that performed by the National Institutes of Health) often describes chiropractic adjustments as spinal manipulation therapy (SMT) or chiropractic manipulation therapy (CMT).  A continually growing list of research shows that chiropractic manipulation is clinically effective, cost-effective, and safe.  Researchers have studied spinal adjustments for a number of conditions like back, neck, and shoulder pain.  Additionally, fibromyalgia, headaches, and carpal tunnel syndrome have been researched thoroughly. The scientific research demonstrates that chiropractic care is helpful for many types of pain.  Additionally, other subtypes of pain can be treated effectively with a combination of chiropractic adjustments and other therapies utilized at Cole Pain Therapy Group.

The benefits of chiropractic care with respect to reduced pain, improved function, and patient satisfaction are well-established.  Yet, describing how it works can be more complicated.  There are both neurological and mechanical effects from a chiropractic adjustment.  The immediate effects are to improve the spine joints range of motion, suppress pain, both locally and generally, and reduce muscle tension at the surrounding area.  It is the function of the joint to move and the function of the muscles to move joint.  The neurology controls all of this.  When there is an imbalance of joint movement, there are secondary muscular and neurological imbalances.  A chiropractic adjustment addresses this imbalance, resulting in reduced pain and improved mobility.  A series of treatments following a plan of care results in cumulative and sustainable benefits.

Patient-centered chiropractic care in Memphis.

The important thing to understand regarding adjustments performed by doctors of chiropractic at Cole Pain Therapy Group is that it is a customized treatment.  Every person is different, so the treatment may look different in order to perform a safe and effective chiropractic adjustment.  People with osteoporosis, inflammatory arthritis, previous spine surgeries, mobility problems, pregnant patients, and pediatric patients can benefit from skilled treatment.  Our doctors focus on delivering the right treatment, for the right problem, at the right time, and in the right way.

For more information for new patients about chiropractic adjustments in Memphis, Tennessee, call Cole Pain Therapy Group at (901) 377-2340 or request an appointment online.