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What Is a Chiropractic Back Adjustment and Is It Safe?

Updated: Feb 2, 2022


Chiropractic plays a vital role in treating and preventing your pain and injuries that interfere with your daily routines. The Chiropractic Adjustment, popularly called the ‘crack’ or spinal manipulation is a safe and effective treatment option for back pain, neck pain and leg and arm complaints.

A patient success story shared

My name is Regis and I was a bit skeptical about chiropractic at first. My wife recommended it to me and so I made an appointment with Courtenay Massage Therapy Clinic. I was having a lot of lower back pain and I had some trouble sleeping. In fact, I was feeling it all at work and was having trouble there, so I had to use a lot of Ibuprofen just to get me through the day. At first, I thought chiropractic care might be a waste of time and money, but after three weeks of regular adjustments I started to notice my back pain was going away! Chiropractic treatments may seem to be expensive, but it was so worth it to me to be out of that rut of suffering from a lot of pain. I'd recommend Courtenay Massage Therapy to anyone who is looking for a quick and affordable solution to a painful problem!

What is a Chiropractic (DC) Adjustment?

A Chiropractic Adjustment is a hands-on technique that forms part of the chiropractor’s treatment plan.

Have you ever cracked your knuckles? The adjustment feels similar.

When applied to specific joints it can help to relieve pain, ease stiffness, tension and improve range of motion in your body..

Some refer to the adjustment as the entire treatment, however more often than not, the adjustment to the spine or to the joints of the arms and legs are used together with other treatment elements such as…

  • Other soft tissue (muscle, tendon, nerve) techniques

  • Other joint mobilization techniques

  • Spinal manipulations

  • Massage techniques

Why see a chiropractor?

Pain located in the lower back or pelvis, neck pain and headache are the most common problems for which people seek chiropractic adjustment.

Generally speaking, Doctors of Chiropractic (DC) are spine, muscle, joint and nervous (nerve) system experts.

As part of your overall treatment, the chiropractic adjustment can help your recovery from:

  • Accidents

  • Sport injuries

  • Spinal adjustments

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

Chiropractors work together and collaboratively with your other health providers to manage your health challenges. The adjustment (chiropractic treatment) can be an alternative treatment or used together with ‘conventional’ medicine.

What are the risks and benefits of a Chiropractic Adjustment?

As with any medical procedure, all types of therapies including the adjustment come with certain risks.

Weighing the pros and cons of any treatment is always advisable.

Chiropractic adjustments are one of the most important parts of what you can do to keep your spine and related structures healthy. When you get adjusted, your spine can be pulled back into position and this puts it in a place where it can support you better. Doing this is meant to lead to less pain in your back and spine. When your spine is in the proper place it can help balance your nervous system so you’ll feel more energy and overall wellness. When you visit your chiropractor, they will adjust your spine and teach you more about keeping your body aligned.

Tips and reminders for a safe and effective Chiropractic Adjustment


Remember all the questions your chiropractor and doctor ask before your physical exam?

Well, some of those questions are to assess your risk for side effects of therapy. Answering these questions completely allows your chiropractor to make the most accurate risk assessment and plan alternative treatment or referrals if necessary.

So, what to share and how to answer your chiropractor’s questions?

1. Tell your chiropractor if you’re taking any medications.

Medications like blood thinners or birth control pills can put you at an increased risk for bleeds or stroke.

2. Do mention if you have a history of stroke, arthritis and other medical conditions.

A previous history of stroke or clots can put you at greater risk for a second stroke. Some medical conditions can also put you at greater risk for brittle bones, slow wound healing or increased pain after getting adjusted.

3. Be sure that your chiropractor is licensed and trained.

Only undertake treatment with a professional who will care for you and your spine. Go ahead and schedule an appointment once you’ve checked that out!

Chiropractic treatments do not involve medication or surgery and promote health, quality of life and prevention.

Clients that choose Chiropractic Adjustments as part of their overall care report decreased pain, improved function, enjoyment and participation in activities they stopped previously due to pain and discomfort.

If you’re experiencing pain or stress, reach out and call us directly at 250-897-0069 or BOOK ONLINE conveniently. If you wish, you can also use our easy CONTACT US page to request help with services or booking. We are here and ready to help you.

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