Chiropractic Care : More than Simple Adjustments
While the core of any chiropractor’s practice, is spinal manipulation (known as adjustments) to correct subluxations in the spine, they also use many other methods to achieve good results for their patients. These are some techniques your chiropractor may use that you may not expect:
A chiropractic traction massage involves the patient lying face up as a system of rollers move up and down the back, stretching and massaging the muscles all the while. Chiropractors may also use other traction devices that stretch the spine, decompress the discs and reduce pressure on the nerves, a procedure known as spinal decompression.
A thermal camera can be used to show the blood flow to the back. For example, red hues indicate more blood flow, while blue hues indicate less. This imaging can help your chiropractor diagnose the cause of your symptoms and begin treating the underlying conditions that are causing you pain.
Cold laser therapy
With this therapy, particles of energy from a laser penetrate the skin’s surface and are absorbed by the photo receptors inside cell membranes. This begins a biological process that is believed to decrease swelling, reduce back pain and inflammation, and improve circulation.
When flat feet or differences in leg length are present, your chiropractor may place a small lift in the shoe on the short side or recommend corrective arch supports to stabilize the pelvis.
Your chiropractor may ask about your workstation or your sofa or mattress at home. A good workstation includes an ergonomically-designed chair that allows you to plant your feet firmly on the ground while still keeping your eye level at or above the top of your computer screen. An ergonomic sofa or mattress should be soft (or firm) enough to provide you and particularly your back with optimal support.
Your chiropractor should be able to demonstrate correct posture for you. Many people don’t know anything about posture besides “sit up straight!,” when really there’s quite a bit more to correct posture. If you want to strengthen your muscles and improve your posture, ask your chiropractor to demonstrate correct standing and sitting postures and then correct you as you try to emulate them.
Whatever your chiropractor uses in your treatment, you have a right to be informed about what to expect and why each specific technique is being used. Ask your chiropractor any questions you may have - he or she will be happy to answer them.