If pain is consuming your everyday life, a visit to the Atlanta chiropractic clinic may be your first step to kicking that chronic pain to the wayside. With natural healing techniques, our chiropractors can help you reduce insomnia, alleviate numbness and tingling, and promote overall wellness.
Upon arrival at the clinic, you will be asked to fill out a questionnaire that will help guide the discussion once you meet with one of our Atlanta chiropractors. Questions pertain to the location, duration, and intensity of your pain as well as your current lifestyle.
Providing accurate answers to these questions will allow our team to get to know you as well as provide you with the best course of treatment.
At your initial consultation, one of our chiropractors will provide you with a full exam to evaluate your strength as well as your muscle tone. Posture, range of motion, and flexibility will also be noted as well as the level of pain you are experiencing.
Aside from evaluating muscle tone, diagnostic testing may be ordered to assess the health of the spine and joints. If specific injuries are suspected, an MRI may also be requested.
Following your exam and review of your medical history, our Atlanta chiropractors will then share with you their ideas for treatment. Spinal manipulations and adjustments may be suggested to correct misaligned vertebrae in the spine.
When the spine is misaligned, joint pain and muscle pain can occur and restrict movement. As added pressure occurs on the nerves, pain may be triggered and affect the normal functioning of organs. Misalignments can occur as a result of falls, injuries, and poor posture. If you spend a large portion of your day staring at a computer screen, driving a truck, or even staring at a cell phone, your posture can be altered, causing unwanted pain.
During an adjustment, your chiropractor will ask you to sit or lie on your side, back, or stomach. A change only takes a few seconds and involves quick; hands-on thrusts applied to your back or neck to realign the vertebrae. Your chiropractor may also use a small, handheld device to perform adjustments.
Although it may sound as if your bones are cracking during your adjustment, that’s not the case. The sound occurs when gas in the joints is rapidly released.
Before your chiropractor adjusts your spine, he or she will explain what will happen during the treatment and discuss how the adjustment will improve your symptoms.
Natural and Holistic Treatment Options
Aside from natural spinal adjustments, our Atlanta chiropractors may recommend one or more of these therapies:
- Massage Therapy. Massage loosens tight muscles, decreases stress, and improves flexibility and range of motion.
- Spinal Mobilization. Mobilization involves slow, hands-on pressure to improve the position of your vertebrae.
- Soft Tissue Mobilization. Stretching your soft tissues with handheld instruments breaks up scar tissue, improves range of motion, and may decrease pain caused by tendonitis, bursitis, sprains, strains, and plantar fasciitis.
- Transcutaneous Electrical Stimulation (TENS). TENS treatment blocks the transmission of pain signals with a gentle, low-voltage current applied to your body through small electrodes.
- Ultrasound Treatment. Ultrasound waves promote healing, improve blood flow, reduce swelling, and loosen tight muscles.
Follow up Care
A spinal adjustment is a natural healing option that may provide you with a great deal of relief following even your first adjustment. Although your symptoms may have been alleviated, follow up care is critical for long term relief. To ensure that the pain is managed correctly as well as treating the injury as a whole, you may need multiple appointments to remedy your pain.
You’re follow up care will depend on the severity of your pain, and at home, exercises will most likely be recommended. Home care will help speed up your recovery as well as promote wellness.
If you have been suffering from pain and weakness in the muscles, chiropractic treatment may be the way to remedy your pain. Contact AICA Atlanta today at (404) 889-8828 to schedule an appointment.