Pulling Back the Curtain of Chiropractic Care
By Debra Rodzinak
If you have never been in a chiropractor’s office before, you may wonder what goes on and what you can expect. You may even be a little nervous. What does a chiropractor do? What do they treat? Will they help relieve my back pain? All of these are questions you may be wondering about.
Chiropractic is a form of health care dedicated to the treatment of injuries and disorders of the nervous and musculoskeletal system without the use of drugs or surgery. A chiropractor will focus on spinal manipulation and treating the surrounding muscles and joints.
There are many studies that have found that manual therapies used by the chiropractic profession are effective in treating neck pain, lower back pain, and herniated discs in the lower back or lumbar region. The results of treatment for patients with non-specific chronic lower back pain is enhanced when the patient routinely receives spinal manipulation treatments after the initial therapy.
The essential chiropractic treatments involve manual therapy for lower back pain conditions. When a chiropractor uses spinal manipulation on a patient, he uses high-velocity, short lever arm thrusts that are applied to the vertebra of the spine. A chiropractor will adjust one vertebra at a time. The main goal of this manipulation of the joint is to improve function, reduce nerve irritability, and restore a larger range of motion. This is commonly referred to as a chiropractic adjustment.
In addition to the chiropractic adjustment is the chiropractic mobilization. This refers to the low velocity manipulation, stretching, and moving of the joints and muscles. The goal of this type of treatment is to increase the range of motion in a particular area.
Many chiropractic treatment plans utilize both chiropractic treatments and chiropractic adjustments in treating patients. The amount of use of each type of treatment depends on a patient’s disability and pain level.
A consistent belief among chiropractors is the prevention of chronic back pain through the use of active care. Active care is any care that the patient does on his own such as exercise, modification of a particular activity, changing a workplace chair with an ergonomic one, etc.
If you are currently suffering with lower back pain and are in need of relief, drop by The Joint and talk with one of our expert doctors. The Joint is reinventing the chiropractic experience by putting the patient in charge of their chiropractic care. Your care is in your hands, not ours.