HOW CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT WORKS

Chiropractic is one of the most frequently used treatments for pain relief. The chiropractor does manipulation with his own hands on the musculoskeletal structures. It consists of mobilizing a joint of the spine to the maximum range of motion. This manipulation is known as an adjustment and helps restore the spine’s joints to be in a more functional and in proper anatomical position causing less discomfort in the short and long term.

Introduction about Chiropractic Treatment

Chiropractic techniques rarely cause discomfort or pain. However, patients can sometimes experience mild sensitivity or soreness following treatment, similar to some exercises. Any small discomfort typically resolves within the first and second days after therapy.

Still, these therapy methods offer a more conservative, natural, and safe approach while still being an effective option to improve life quality in adults and children, compared to other commonly used for pain, such as over-the-counter and prescription pain medications.

What happens during spinal manipulation?

Spinal manipulation is also typically used for treating subluxations and accident-related back injuries. It is also called a chiropractic adjustment which manipulates the lumbar spine. The chiropractor specialist typically uses his hands and sometimes other tools to apply limited, controlled, and sudden force to spinal joints. Spinal manipulation can either enhance or restore joint function so that you can move that part of your back freely again. It can simultaneously relieve joint inflammation, muscle spasm, back pain, and misaligned vertebral bodies. Manipulating the lumbar spine could sound terrifying to some patients. However, it is considered generally safe with little to no side effects. Regular patients find it preferable to more invasive techniques or medications that come with side effects.

JOINT MOBILIZATION

Like spinal manipulation, spinal or joint mobilization can restore or improve joint function and alleviate all types of back pain. Joint mobilization requires the chiropractor to employ slow movements generally applied to the endpoint of a skeletal joint. There are several types of mobilization methods. Our chiropractors, who specialized in back pain and arthrokinematic joint motion, choose the adequate mobilization technique for each back injury case.

COMBINED APPROACHES

Chiropractors could also combine various approaches for treating auto accident-related back pain when they are highly specialized to perform both techniques. The reason for combining techniques is to improve adjustment or mobilization and to offer ways to provide more comfort to our patients. Our chiropractors integrate different therapies, including electrical stimulation, heat and ice, relaxation methods, rehabilitative exercises, and nutrition counseling. Additionally, they might add massage techniques or acupuncture for continued joint function recovery.

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