The purpose of an adjustment is to restore motion and function to a joint. Because joints are made up of bone, ligaments, and tendons, patients can expect to experience mild discomfort after their first adjustment. This discomfort is typically relatable to a muscle fatigue. The best way to combat it is to use moist heat (or ice, whichever your doctor recommends with your individual condition) to alleviate the tightness in the muscles.
Our office only utilizes treatments that have been proven by research to be safe and effective for the conditions we treat. Recent research, in medical journals such as Spine, has proven that spinal manipulation, or adjustments, are safe effective treatments for back pain, neck pain, and other conditions. The risks associated with manipulation are very small.