Spinal Adjustment

Spinal Adjustment Specialist
If you’re troubled by chronic neck pain, back pain, or sciatic nerve pain, chiropractic spinal adjustments are one of the safest and most effective ways to get long-lasting relief without having to resort to medication or surgery. That’s because spinal adjustments, which involve the gentle and precise manipulation of your spine, don’t simply soothe pain—they address it at its root. At City Chiropractic and Wellness, with a location in Midtown Manhattan, Dr. Max Heller provides expert spinal adjustments to patients in the New York City area.

Spinal Adjustment Q & A

City Chiropractic And Wellness

What is a Spinal Adjustment?

A spinal adjustment, also known as chiropractic manipulation or manual manipulation, involves the gentle, therapeutic manipulation of your vertebrae, or the bones that make up your spine, by a chiropractic doctor. This usually includes adjusting problematic vertebrae that aren’t functioning well, or those that have abnormal movement patterns. The primary goals of a spinal adjustment are to relieve pain, reduce subluxation and nerve irritation, increase joint range of motion, and improve overall function.

What Does the Treatment Involve?

Before Dr. Heller can perform spinal adjustments, he needs to find out more about your symptoms and health concerns. He’ll perform a comprehensive chiropractic examination to test your reflexes and flexibility; he may also perform standard postural, orthopedic, and neurological screenings. Depending on your specific condition, he may recommend X-ray studies to help determine the best course of treatment for you.

Spinal adjustments are performed on a chiropractic table. Although there’s a wide variety of manipulative techniques in chiropractic care, a spinal adjustment treatment typically includes a high velocity, short lever arm thrust applied directly to the problematic vertebra, followed by the audible release of gas as joint pressure is released. During treatment, most patients experience a constant sense of relief, which may be interrupted by minor, short-term discomfort.

What Conditions Can Spinal Adjustments Help Address?

Chiropractic adjustments are designed to help restore your spine, nerves, and discs to a healthy, working order. Adjustments can help with a variety of spine-related problems, including:

  • Pinched Nerves - When your vertebrae are out of alignment, they can put pressure on the nearby nerves rooted in your spine, causing intense pain. Spinal adjustments help move your spine back into proper alignment to relieve nerve pressure.
  • Poor Posture - Along with exercises and good posture practice, spinal adjustments can help correct posture problems in your neck, shoulders, and lower back.
  • Bulging Discs - A disc that has pushed outside of its usual space in the spinal canal can put pressure on nerves and cause pain at the site and throughout your body. Spinal adjustments help ensure that discs have the right amount of space.

Disc and nerve problems can lead to a wide variety of symptoms, which is why these problems through spinal manipulation can help relieve neck and shoulder pain, lower back pain, sciatic nerve pain, or even numbness and tingling in your legs.

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