It is important to know that just because you go to see a chiropractor does NOT mean that you have to be adjusted. If you are still not comfortable with joint manipulations and do not want to be adjusted then no problem! Chiropractors are highly trained in various treatment methods such as mobilizations, soft tissue therapy, exercise, rehab, acupuncture, modalities and the list goes on. If a patient is not comfortable with a manipulation we can create a treatment plan specific to their comfort level and get the joint mobilized in alternate ways. Remember that a clinician is responsible for providing the patient with all of the information and evidence related to their injury. We can recommend what would be the best or ideal treatment to help reach your goals and get out of pain however that does not mean you have to agree.
The other big question many patients ask is when would an adjustment be necessary or be beneficial for their injury/pain. As primary health care providers, chiropractors are required to complete a thorough history and physical examination to properly diagnose and formulate an appropriate treatment plan based upon the diagnosis. It is at this point where a chiropractor can discuss whether or not an adjustment would be beneficial in accordance with best practice guidelines.
Hopefully this will answer some of the questions you may of had regarding joint manipulations and prevent you from remembering the myths when thinking of getting an adjustment or visiting a chiropractor. Remember that you should always be educated on not only the diagnosis of your injury but also the treatment you are receiving.
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