Chiropractors use hands-on spine manipulation and other alternative therapies. The theory is that the musculoskeletal structure of the body, especially the proper alignment of the spine, will allow the body to heal without surgery or medication. Mobility of the joints used to restore the limitations of tissue damage caused by traumatic events, such as falls or constant pressures, such as sitting postures without adequate support, is manipulated.
Chiropractic therapy is primarily used as an alternative to pain relief in muscles, joints, bones and connective tissues such as cartilage, ligaments and tendons. It is sometimes used in conjunction with traditional medical treatments.
Core Chiropractic Treatment
The core of chiropractic therapy usually involves the treatment of common lower back pain symptoms by manual therapy:
- Spinal manipulation and manual manipulation. This type of manual operation refers to the quick, short lever arm thrust applied to abnormal vertebrae, with the aim of improving function, reducing nervousness and restoring the range of motion of the back. It is also commonly known as "chiropractic adjustment".
- There is reliable literature support for spinal massage therapy for lower back pain. Many published guidelines recommend spinal massage therapy in new treatment plans for lower back pain.
Chiropractic Treatment Plan
The goal of the chiropractic treatment program is set by the patient's pain and disability issues as well as activity intolerance.
Consistency in all guidelines for lower back pain treatment is to prevent chronic diseases. Emphasis is placed on the use of active care (patient-driven care such as exercise, activity modification, ergonomic modification, etc.) to achieve this goal.
How you prepare:
No special preparation is required before the chiropractic adjustment.
Chiropractic treatment may require a series of visits to your chiropractor, but most people get the most improvement from 6 to 10 visits. Many health insurance policies cover chiropractic, but you may need to check the number of treatments covered in a given time period.
During the Procedure:
During a typical chiropractic adjustment, your chiropractor will place you in a specific location to treat the affected area. Normally, you can lie face down on a specially designed full chiropractic bed. The chiropractor uses his or her hand to apply a controlled, sudden force to the joint beyond its usual range of motion. When your chiropractor moves your joints during treatment, you may hear a click or cracking sounds.
After the Procedure:
A few days after the adjustment of chiropractic therapy, some people may have mild side effects. These may include headaches, fatigue or pain in the body parts being treated.
Spinal correction can effectively treat low back pain, although most studies have shown only modest benefits - similar to the effects of more conventional treatments. Some studies have shown that spinal manipulation may also be useful for headaches and other spinal related diseases such as neck pain.
Not everyone responds to the adjustment of chiropractic therapy. It depends a lot on your specific situation. If your symptoms do not begin to improve after a few weeks of treatment, a chiropractic adjustment may not be your best choice.