Chiropractors are trained in using manipulation to free still or restricted joints. These can also be called 'adjustments' or 'manual therapy'. Manipulation involves the chiropractor using their hands to apply quick, precise thrusts to the restricted joints. During manipulation there may be popping sounds (similar to the 'crack' heard when people flex their knuckles). This is quite harmless. It is just the sound of gas bubbles popping in the fluid of the joints as pressure is released.
Treatment may also include massage, stretching and the gradual moving of the joints ('mobilisation'). We may also recommend the use of acupuncture techniques to assist in recovery.
Self-help advice and rehabilitation care form an important part of chiropractic treatment. We will give you advice on how to manage your condition and prevent it from reoccurring. This may involve the application of ice and heat treatment to reduce the pain and inflammation, and advice on activity, posture and exercises you can do at home.
Chiropractic treatment often takes place over a number of weeks, particularly if you have had the problem for a long time. Your chiropractor will discuss your programme of care with you, which will usually involve a series of treatments being given at defined intervals.
Throughout the course of your care, your chiropractor will be able to answer any questions that you might have about the management of your condition and your treatment.