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 as part of a treatment plan 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 as appropriate treatment. 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.
What Types of Chiropractic Adjustments Do We Use at Our Cary Chiropractic Office?
Our chiropractors primarily utilize diversified manual chiropractic adjustments, also called HVLA joint manipulation. Diversified chiropractic adjustments are the most common and most researched treatment method to manipulate and mobilize joints, reduce pain, and improve joint function.
Some patients prefer different styles of chiropractic adjustments, or their conditions aren’t suitable for diversified chiropractic adjustments. For these patients, we also offer other 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 determine your condition is going to respond well to chiropractic manipulation we don’t hesitate to refer you to the appropriate healthcare provider. We frequently co-manage or co-treat with other healthcare providers such as orthopedic MDs, neurologists, podiatrists, and physical therapists.