Common Chiropractic Questions, Part 2
While we typically encourage people to stay active even during the course of their treatment, if you have an injury you may have to be more selective in the type of exercises you do. While one particular exercise may be helpful for a specific type of injury, it may also be harmful for a different type of injury. Doing the wrong exercise can in fact worsen your injury or slow down your recovery. The old adage of, “no pain, no gain”, does not apply here. If you are dealing with an injury and a specific exercise causes pain or discomfort, you should stop performing that exercise and mention it to your chiropractor. They can oftentimes modify the exercise to better suit your current physical health or suggest an alternative that will not worsen your injury.
Am I supposed to lie down on the table before my adjustment?
In most cases, we recommend that you lay face down on the treatment table for a few minutes before your adjustment in order to relax your body and muscles. We have found that patients who are able to do so before their adjustment tend to respond better to the treatment.
What are you looking for during the adjustment / How do you know what to adjust?
Using the Activator Method, you will be face down during the majority of your adjustment. As you are laying down, you will notice your chiropractor moving your feet and asking you to perform different actions, sometimes followed by an adjustment. By performing those movements, you are using different muscles, joints and nerves in your body. Once you complete a particular movement and if there are no problems in the muscles, joints and nerves that you just used, nothing happens as your body simply relaxes. If there is a problem or injury in the muscles, joints or nerves you just used, then your body will have a difficult time stabilizing the region and will then recruit some of your larger postural muscles to help stabilize the area. By eliciting these larger muscle groups, this activation triggers a slight shift in your posture which your chiropractor detects by observing your feet. This reaction, along with the information you tell your chiropractor during your consultation and the physical examination performed before your adjustment, helps your chiropractor locate areas that need to be adjusted, areas that do not need to be adjusted as well as when to adjust a particular area.
You did not do very much, are we done already?
Because the Activator thrust is very fast, only a small amount of force is required to perform the adjustment. Much like breaking a piece of wood in martial arts, if you hit it fast, you will not need to punch it as hard. If you punch it slowly, then you will have to use more force to break the board.
Results will of course vary from person to person