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What to Expect From A Chiropractic Adjustment for Your Lower Back

November 15, 2021
Last Updated: October 6th, 2023 at 03:48 pm
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Are you struggling with lower back pain and considering a chiropractic adjustment?

Lower back pain can be excruciating. It limits your mobility and range of motion, which can impact your quality of life. Chiropractors aim to treat the underlying causes of your lower back pain and speed up your recovery by using a natural method.

Chiropractic care can be a useful tool in your kit for treating your lower back pain and may be combined with other treatments like physical therapy and exercise.

Chiropractic adjustments are an effective and gentle tool for addressing the pain in your lower back or the lumbar region of your spine. They are a kind of manipulative therapy in which your spinal column is realigned. A chiropractic adjustment can help you resume your normal activities and get back to what matters to you.

A great alternative to conventional healthcare options, chiropractic care is non-invasive and does not have harsh side effects. Unlike prescription pain medication, there is no risk of addiction.

Types of Lower Back Pain

The first step to addressing your lower back pain is to identify the source of the pain. Then you can determine what the best and most effective options are for treatment.

Chronic Versus Acute?

Lower back pain can be chronic or acute. Lower back pain is commonly considered chronic if it lasts for 6 months or more. It may result from diseases like cancer or autoimmune diseases.

Acute lower back pain is often the result of a strain or injury. It is usually preceded by some kind of accident like a fall, lifting an object that is too heavy or overexerting yourself during exercise. This type of pain typically goes away within a few weeks, and you may be able to speed up your recovery with adequate treatment.

Common Back Injuries

Common back injuries that can result from an accident include:

  • Fractures
  • Bulging discs
  • Herniated discs
  • Sprains and strains
  • Soft tissue bruising
  • Spinal compression

The impact of lower back pain on your life can be significant and go beyond your immediate symptoms. An injury to your lower back may keep you from working, which can cause financial strain. You may feel like you are missing out on activities like playing with your children or going on walks with your partner. Not being able to participate in the things that matter to you can add stress.

Developing a treatment plan for your lower back pain is key to getting back to normal, and chiropractors are highly skilled professionals who can help with this. Learn more about what to expect in this video:

ChiroCare's Methods for Treating Lower Back Pain

ChiroCare offers a range of methods for treating your lower back pain, which may be used alone or in combination with one another to help you feel like yourself again. Our chiropractors can recommend the best modalities for you, offering a treatment plan tailored to your needs.

Chiropractic Adjustments

Chiropractic adjustments are a common, effective, and safe treatment for lower back pain, and at ChiroCare our back doctors are experienced and skilled in performing adjustments to realign your spine and alleviate your lower back aches and strains.

Other Treatments

We offer a range of other treatments that help with lower back pain including:

  • Acupuncture
  • Cupping therapy
  • Electrical stimulation therapy (e-stim)
  • Injury chiropractic treatment
  • Graston Technique®
  • Laser treatment
  • Massage therapy
  • Medical marijuana registration
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • Prenatal chiropractic
  • Rapid Release Therapy (RRT)
  • Pediatric chiropractic
  • Sports chiropractic
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Wellness programs

Personalized Treatment Plan

With so many innovative and non-invasive options for creating a personalized treatment plan for your lower back pain, ChiroCare is uniquely situated to find a solution for you. For clients who want to use multiple treatment modalities to alleviate lower back pain, ChiroCare makes it easy and convenient.

Additionally, our skilled chiropractors may recommend at-home treatments or lifestyle changes for you to implement. Common recommendations include exercise and techniques for managing stress as well as applying heating pads to your lower back.

Consider ChiroCare's more gentle treatment plans before pursuing options that are invasive or have harsh side effects.

What Can I Expect During My First Appointment?

Trying out a new form of treatment may be intimidating. Knowing what to expect can help calm your nerves and determine if chiropractic care is a good option for treating your lower back pain.


After discussing your lower back pain and assessing your alignment, your chiropractor may want to perform an adjustment on your spine, which is a common, effective, and safe treatment for lower back pain.

Spinal Adjustment & Other Treatments

You will be asked to lie on a special table that is specifically designed to facilitate a safe and easy adjustment. Expect your chiropractor to do a rapid lever arm thrust to your vertebrae.

Your back doctor may also manipulate your arms and legs in order to cause joint release. When that happens, it is normal to hear a cracking sound that is similar to the sound your knuckles make when you crack them.

The focus of your appointment will be your lower back, but your chiropractor may want to include your entire body in the adjustment. They may also recommend other treatment modalities to address your lower back pain from acupuncture and therapeutic massage to exercises and stretching techniques. Your chiropractor may ask about your lifestyle and make recommendations about how to prevent back pain in the future.

Finally, the back doctor may want to schedule additional appointments. In addition to treating your back pain, regular chiropractic adjustments can prevent health problems and promote wellness, and they are a crucial part of keeping your body functioning.


Some people find that their pain begins to decrease immediately after their spine is realigned, and they feel a pleasant sensation. This may be due to normal nerve flow returning as a result of the realignment. Patients often report feeling more limber and relaxed as well. You may feel a sense of emotional relief knowing that your back pain will no longer dictate what you can do.

Following the chiropractor's advice for follow-up care, lifestyle changes, stretching techniques, and other recommendations may increase the benefit you get from an adjustment.

Side Effects

Be on the lookout for a few mild side effects after your appointment. A more common side effect is muscle pain, which is due to your muscles adjusting to your new alignment. On occasion, people feel lightheaded, though this side effect is uncommon. These side effects are minor and should not last long.

Let ChiroCare Treat Your Lower Back Pain

At ChiroCare our experienced and friendly chiropractors want to help alleviate your back pain quickly and gently. They will be there with you every step of the way as you work to eliminate your pain and get back to your normal routines. Our back doctors understand how frustrating lower back pain can be, and they want to help.

Call today to schedule an appointment at one of our 11 locations:

Some treatments are only available at certain locations. When you call to schedule an appointment, be sure to verify that the location offers the right modalities for you.

About the Author:
Dr. Steven Schwartz
Raised in Coral Springs, Florida, Dr. Steven Schwartz is a major advocate for the South Florida community. CEO of ChiroCare of Florida, Dr. Schwartz has grown the group from one facility to 11. Whether he’s treating patients or volunteering for community service, Dr. Schwartz’s long-term goal is to ensure that each and every patient can experience the ChiroCare of Florida difference.
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