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Using Chiropractic Care to Treat Low Back Pain

By Brandi Swieter

Low back pain is a common problem among many. While there are medications that can alleviate discomfort, the best solution is often to see a chiropractor who can perform an adjustment to get the problem resolved rather than simply masking the symptoms.

Intensive Manipulative Therapy

The process often starts with intensive manipulative therapy. The chiropractor will work out all areas of the body rather than just the lower back to get it in optimal condition. It is considered high velocity and has a goal of restoring range of motion. This gets paired with a low velocity mobilization technique that aims to stretch the joints and muscles.

Spinal Manipulation

Chiropractors use manual force against a joint within the spine. Known as spinal manipulation, this technique helps to correct the area that is causing discomfort. Some problems are deep-rooted and cannot be corrected, but with spinal manipulative therapy pain can get lessened to improve range of motion and mobility. This service gets offered at subsequent visits after the initial therapy session.

Multiple Visits

One visit may not eliminate all problems. It might take several sessions before the individual starts to notice significant changes to the way their lower back feels. While one session may alleviate some tension and reduce the achiness felt, the body is not fully healed until a few adjustments have been done to improve mobility and eliminate pain altogether.

Tips on Preventing Further Pain

The chiropractor may end your visit by offering tips on preventing any further pain. Sitting up straight and avoiding slouching is one piece of advice, as well as stretching more often and eating a healthier diet that can improve overall well-being. Getting adequate exercise, particularly targeting the core, is also a huge help.

Reading X-Ray Results to Create a Care Plan

Many chiropractic offices do not offer X-rays on-site, However, if a patient continues coming in for visits with little to no pain alleviation, the chiropractor may refer you for an X-ray. The doctor can then use those results to create a better care plan that will show results.

Anyone experiencing low back pain or other discomfort of their musculoskeletal system should seek the assistance of a chiropractor. Visit The Joint Chiropractic at one of their more than 400 locations to receive an adjustment. Most locations offer extended hours on nights and weekends for patient convenience.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Noblesville,
Ind.

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