What is Full Body Adjustment?
For your body to move and function every day it requires the ability to move the different joints in different directions with varying amounts of movement. If you are lacking mobility it can impact your day-to-day life. If it feels like something is restricting your spine, this could be some of your spinal joints are not functioning properly and therefore are not allowing your neck, middle or lower back to rotate, bend or stretch effectively.
Chiropractic care and a full body adjustment may be just what you need to get some movement back into your body. Our Croydon Chiropractors provide full body adjustments when required. Our aim is to provide the necessary force through your spine to allow improved joint mobility, reduction in pain signals and improve flexibility throughout your spine. As a result, muscular tension, neck pain, lower back pain etc can be assisted in the healing process.
Our Chiropractors at The Innate Connection Croydon are licensed to assess you in a way that helps identify which areas in your spine are not working well. Once we can find those areas your Chiropractor can perform treatments to help optimise the function of that joint so that you can move again.
Chiropractors are also able to assist with exercise routines and lifestyle changes that can help your body improve and stay well. Chiropractors always begin by getting to know you and your health story. Once they are confident that they know enough about you through a health questionnaire, they will begin an examination and diagnostic procedure that allows them to check your full body for signs of stiffness, dysfunction or pain.
From that point on, Chiropractors are trained to create a plan to begin the recovery process. The plan may include X-rays or a specific treatment frequency initially. Generally, people who need a full body adjustment have been properly assessed by one of our Chiropractors and the Chiropractor deems it necessary to perform a full body adjustment.
What does a full body adjustment involve? How does it feel?
A full body adjustment involves assessment of your entire spine from your neck down to your lower back and pelvis. The Chiropractor will initially have you lying face down and identify areas in your middle back that need to be adjusted. If it is safe to do so the preferred method for adjustment by a Chiropractor is to apply a high velocity low amplitude, meaning fast but minimal force pressure into your middle back.
The result of this pressure is usually accompanied by a popping sound. After any successful middle back adjustment has been performed, the Chiropractor will ask you to lay on your side so that they can perform a lower back or pelvis adjustment. This adjustment requires the Chiropractor to rotate your back and apply pressure with their hand and body to your pelvis, again in a fast way with minimal pressure. The result again will be a popping sound. The Chiropractor may also need to perform this technique on the other side of your spine depending on what they found.
Finally, the Chiropractor will ask you to lie on your back so that they can assess and treat your neck. The popping noise that occurs in the neck is often much louder than the other joints because your neck is so close to your ears. The Chiropractor will ask you to relax or try to distract you with various techniques to stop you from tightening up against the adjustment.
Once the Chiropractor finds the correct position for your neck they will perform a light thrust that again, results in a popping noise. Depending on the level of dysfunction in your neck will determine how many pops the Chiropractor decides to do in your neck. After this is complete so is the full body adjustment. The Chiropractor will ask you to stand up and go for a brief walk to see how you were feeling.
Is the Chiropractic full body adjustment safe?
Your chiropractor is required to explain the risks involved in in any treatment or manoeuvre that they decide to do. Our Chiropractic team ensures that our patients are fully aware of any risks included in a full body adjustment. The risk of anything going wrong during the procedure is very low already, but not zero (there are adverse risks that exist with any type of treatment). Our Chiropractors are trained to perform tests and procedures to ensure that the risk of any problem is even lower.
Before a full body adjustment, our Chiropractors are required to inform their patients that there is a one in 5.85 million chance of stroke like symptoms occurring as a result of the adjustment. While there has never been clear evidence to show a Chiropractic adjustment causing any stroke like symptoms, because of the position that the Chiropractor places your neck in and the stretch that occurs on your arteries in your neck, it is required that you are aware that this is a possibility.
Other issues like rib sprains, fractures and herniated or bulging discs are rare but are required to be understood by the patient before undergoing a full body adjustment. If you are uncomfortable with any of the risks involved, or the procedures that the Chiropractor has suggested we encourage you to let our Chiropractors know and they will change the treatment procedure to suit what you are comfortable with. Know our location by clicking here.