Chiropractic Care 101: Spinal Manipulation
When you hear the words "spinal manipulation" what sort of visions race through your head? It doesn't exactly sound like the most friendliest of terms does it? But the more you learn about it, the more welcomed and friendly it becomes. Spinal manipulation is a staple in a chiropractor's routine, and when performed by a well trained professional offers a plethora of benefits.
First let's ask the burning question, what in the world a spinal manipulation? Well, it is a method of chiropractic treatment that targets vertebrae that have abnormal movement patterns or seem to function incorrectly. This in turn helps the patient experience "increased range of motion, reduced nerve irritability and improved function." Chiropractors are trained extensively on how to properly carry out this treatment.
I know the next question, how does it work? The chiropractor normally applies firm pressure using his or her arms in a quick thrust on to the vertebrae that is causing pain and/or discomfort to the patient. This powerful and well placed push on the vertebrae ends up releasing gas "joint cavitation" (or as we ‘lamens’ like to call it, cracking). At this point the patient experiences a relieving sensation, although sometimes there can be mild discomfort.
Now here is the kicker, what does spinal manipulation do for you? Well for starters, your back is going to feel a lot better! But here's a list of subtle things you really wouldn't think about, but these have been investigated and reported to take place in the body after a spinal manipulation. Increased secretion of melatonin (regulates other hormones, and assists in your 24-hour sleep cycle), increased endorphins helping pain management, lowered blood pressure as well as better circulation, increased joint range of motion, tension reduction in muscles, and much more.
Over all the spinal manipulation can be a very important pillar in our quest of optimum health. The manipulation ends up relieving back pain, and offers quite the spectrum of additional benefits. It is a natural approach to health care, and is completely non-invasive. Back pain is cured time and time again with the spinal manipulation technique without the use of prescription drugs. Like I said before, the more you learn about it the more there is to love! Talk to your primary care physician to learn more about chiropractors in your area. Get a great referral and see what all the fuss is about. Watch how your body responds to a professional spinal manipulation, and make this a part of your preventative health care routine.