Chiropractic Adjustments in Cary and Apex
The chiropractic adjustment, also known as chiropractic manipulative therapy (CMT), spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) or joint manipulation (JM) is the primary treatment that chiropractors use to address neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Joint manipulation is used primarily by Doctors of Chiropractic (DC) but also used to a lesser extent by Doctors of Osteopathy (DO) and Doctors of Physical Therapy (DPT). It’s used in combination with other treatments as part of a comprehensive treatment strategy to address back pain, neck pain, joint pain, and other complaints involving joints, muscles, ligaments, connective tissues, and nerves.
What is a Chiropractic Adjustment?
Chiropractic adjustments are mechanical thrusts to a joint in order to improve joint mobility or joint motion that has been lost. In some instances, chiropractic adjustments may be used to address alignment of a spinal or extremity joint. When used, the goal of a chiropractic adjustment is to address joint dysfunction and further reduce pain while improving function.
Are Chiropractic Adjustments Safe?
The chiropractic adjustment has proved through peer-reviewed research to be an extremely safe treatment when delivered properly and in the correct situations. When compared to medical interventions such as over the counter medications, prescription drugs, surgery, and injections, chiropractic adjustments carry significantly fewer risks and have no significant long-lasting side effects.
Types of Chiropractic Adjustments at our Cary Chiropractic Office
Our chiropractic physicians primarily utilize diversified manual chiropractic adjustments and joint manipulation techniques. Diversified chiropractic manipulation is the most common and most researched treatment method to manipulate and mobilize joints, reduce pain, and improve joint function.
Some patients prefer more gentle chiropractic adjustments or their conditions aren’t suitable for diversified manipulation. For these patients, we also offer gentler manipulation techniques such as instrument adjusting (Activator), drop piece adjusting (Thompson Technique), and flexion-distraction (Cox Technique) to accommodate. If you’re not a candidate for chiropractic treatment or if we don’t think your condition is going to respond well to chiropractic manipulation we’ll always refer you to the appropriate healthcare provider.