There are circumstances in which chiropractors will advise their patients to postpone their scheduled appointments. Below are two situations in which your chiropractor might advise you to take this course of action.
You have been in an accident that has left you with bruises all over your back
If your back is covered in bruises, then you should wait a few weeks before getting any type of chiropractic treatment. There are two reasons why your chiropractor might be unwilling to treat you when your back is in this condition. Firstly, having anyone press down on a bruise can be very painful due to how tender and inflamed bruised skin usually is; as such, even if your chiropractor were to carry out the treatment very gently, you would probably still experience a lot of pain and feel worn-out by the end of the session.
Secondly, in order to do specific adjustments, a chiropractor will sometimes have to press down firmly on certain parts of the back. Putting too much pressure on a bruise could inflict harm on the already-ruptured blood vessels whilst your body is still trying to heal the existing damage. This could lead to the bruises taking longer to disappear.
You're having an IBS flare-up
Quite a lot of people who suffer from IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, have chiropractic sessions regularly, as they find that doing so can help them to manage some aspects of their condition. However, if you are in the midst of a particularly intense IBS flare-up, then your chiropractor might tell you to cancel your upcoming appointment at their clinic and reschedule when this flare-up comes to an end.
The reason for this is that, although the chiropractor won't usually press down directly on your abdomen, some of the adjustments or massage methods they need to use on your back to do the treatment might put indirect pressure on your stomach and intestines (particularly if you need to lie on your front during this process).
If you are experiencing severe and painful trapped wind, diarrhoea and stomach cramps, feeling pressure on any part of your digestive tract could be incredibly uncomfortable and may result in you having to end the session early in order to use the bathroom. Because of this, it's best to wait until the flare-up is over before resuming your chiropractic treatments.
For more information, contact a chiropractor in your area.