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Behind the Scenes: What Happens When a Chiropractor Adjusts Your Neck?

Anatomy Of The Neck

Hello, I'm Dr. Rory Dopps from Dopps Chiropractic in Overland Park, Kansas. Today, we're going to discuss what happens when a chiropractor adjusts your neck. If you're considering chiropractic care, you might be curious about the process and its potential benefits. In this blog, we'll explore the science behind neck adjustments and how they can improve your overall well-being.

Chiropractic neck adjustments, also known as cervical manipulations, are a common and effective treatment for a variety of neck-related issues. These adjustments involve applying gentle, controlled force to specific joints in your neck to restore proper alignment and improve joint function. Here's a step-by-step overview of what happens during a neck adjustment:

  1. Assessment: Before the adjustment, your chiropractor will assess your neck's range of motion, muscle tension, and overall alignment. They may also ask about your medical history and any symptoms you're experiencing.

  2. Positioning: Your chiropractor will position you comfortably on a chiropractic table, either seated or lying down. They will then gently support your head and neck with their hands, preparing for the adjustment.

  3. Adjustment: Using their hands, your chiropractor will apply a gentle, controlled force to specific joints in your neck. This may cause a popping or cracking sound, which is the result of gas bubbles in the joint fluid being released.

  4. Post-adjustment: After the adjustment, your chiropractor may re-assess your neck's range of motion and provide recommendations for stretches or exercises to support ongoing neck health.

So, what are the potential benefits of a chiropractic neck adjustment? Here are a few:

  1. Pain relief: Neck adjustments can help alleviate pain caused by muscle tension, misalignments, or pinched nerves.

  2. Improved range of motion: Adjustments can help restore proper joint function, leading to increased flexibility and range of motion in your neck.

  3. Reduced headaches: Many tension headaches are linked to neck issues, and chiropractic adjustments can help relieve the underlying cause of the pain.

  4. Better posture: By correcting misalignments, neck adjustments can contribute to improved posture and overall spinal health.

It's important to note that while chiropractic neck adjustments are generally safe, they should only be performed by trained professionals like myself. If you're experiencing neck pain or discomfort, consider scheduling an appointment with a chiropractor. You can book an appointment online at Also, be sure to visit our nutrition shop on our website for products designed to support your overall health and well-being.

Stay healthy, and remember to take care of your neck!

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