Frequently Asked Questions About Chiropractic Adjustments

While chiropractic care has been around for well over 100 years, only recently has it gained more mainstream popularity as a form of healthcare. Many of the people we see at Greater Life Chiropractic are visiting a chiropractor for the first time, which means we spend a dedicated consultation talking about what exactly chiropractic care is and how it can help. Based on these conversations, we’ve compiled some of the most common questions and our answers. For more in-depth questions, you can schedule a visit with Dr. Grant Lisetor and the Greater Life team!

What is a full-body chiropractic adjustment?

A full-body adjustment is when the chiropractor performs an adjustment on every joint in the body – from the feet to the hips to the elbows. While chiropractors are trained to assess and adjust these joints, it is very rarely necessary or recommended to perform this type of adjustment.

Instead, Dr. Grant Lisetor will use specific spinal adjustments to enhance the function and adaptability of the nervous system. A comprehensive assessment is vital to determine what areas of the body require adjustments, and then adjustments will be performed based on each person’s needs.

How do you know if your body is out of alignment?

Most people visit a chiropractor when they are experiencing back or neck pain – which are sure signs that there is some misalignment in your spine. However, you may not realize how many things can be caused by these misalignments. Pain and discomfort throughout the body, allergies, ear infections, digestive issues, illness, general aches and pains, sleep issues, and behavioral issues can all be related to the spine.          

How does chiropractic release toxins?

The most common toxins in our bodies include those in food, drinks, shampoos, soaps, cosmetics, and other things we put on our body, as well as chemicals in our environment. These toxins are stored in various tissues in the body and sometimes, there is no getting rid of them. Some toxins stay in our bodies for life. In most cases, the human body has the ability to rid itself of toxins, but that ability can be drastically reduced by chronic stress, not exercising, and continual introduction of high amounts of toxins. Regular chiropractic care will increase the overall adaptive threshold of your body, meaning it will help you increase the natural ability of your body to rid itself of toxins. It’s wise to do all you can to minimize the continual introduction of toxins into your body even while under chiropractic care, and to remove toxins in other natural ways, such as with regular exercise and sauna use. 

When toxins are introduced to the body, they can build up and often accumulate around the spinal cord. An adjustment helps to break up pockets of air in the joints and spinal cord – this is actually the sound you hear, which many attribute to the “cracking” of the spine. Once this air is released, toxins can move again and be released from the body.

Are there any cons to going to the chiropractor?

As long as you are visiting a reputable Charlotte chiropractor, there are minimal risks to being under chiropractic care. It is critical that you see someone like Dr. Grant Lisetor, who is experienced, licensed, and works carefully to meet each person’s needs. After an adjustment, you may feel some soreness or discomfort as the body adjusts to alignment, but serious complications are extremely rare.

How long is a chiropractic session?

The average visit to a chiropractor lasts about 15 to 30 minutes. However, your first visit will typically take longer as we review your medical history and perform a thorough examination.

How often is it okay to get adjusted by a chiropractor?

When a chiropractor performs a thorough exam and determines a subluxation is present, it is generally safe to receive an adjustment. The chiropractor will also ensure there are no existing injuries that would contraindicate the adjustment. In some scenarios, it can be appropriate to be adjusted multiple times per day.

If you have any additional questions or are ready to begin working with a Charlotte chiropractor, contact us today.


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