What To Expect During Your First Chiropractic Adjustment
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The words "chiropractic adjustment" may sound scary, but chiropractor Dr. Dan Eleuteri visited our show to help straighten out (get it?!) common misconceptions and fears.
One way he did that was by actually performing a chiropractic adjustment on one of our producers named Chelsea.
"I actually have had X-ray on Chelsea," the doctor says, "so I know what's going on with her spine."
And Dr. Dan talked us and Chelsea through the entire process, so you know exactly what to expect before getting an adjustment of your own.
1. Should Popping or Cracking Noises Scare You?
Dr. Dan first had Chelsea lay face down on a chiropractic table that elevates under her hip, in order to correct the alignment of her pelvis.
"You're going to hear the table making some noise," Dr. Dan explains. "Any kind of noise you hear -- the popping, the cracking -- that's only just the spine moving and gas being released."
"Nothing's breaking or snapping off," he assures.
2. Don't Be Afraid Of Big Instruments
In fact, the instrument that Dr. Dan used on Chelsea's lower back -- where he says patients most commonly have issues -- is actually a "gentler approach" to correcting the spine, he says.
Watch the video above to see it in action! (It's one of those have-to-see-it-for-yourself things.)
"It's like a massage," Chelsea said.
Next, the doc asked Chelsea to flip over and lay on her back.
3. Be Prepared For The Doc To Then Adjust Your Neck Like So …
Before adjusting her neck with his hands, though, Dr. Dan checked for sore and tense spots and areas that weren't moving well.
4. The Doc Will Adjust Your Cervical Curve -- Which Is SO Important
Lastly, Chelsea sat up and the doc used his instrument again, this time on her upper back and neck to help bring her natural cervical curve back into her spine.
"The cervical curve is crucial in how the body functions," Dr. Dan explains.
"A problem here isn't just neck or tension or pain or headaches," he goes on. "It's affecting how that body is really working. And that's kind of why I see from infants to however old you are."
Watch the entire adjustment for yourself in the video above.