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How Do Spinal Adjustments Relieve Back Pain?


If you hear people talking about going to a chiropractor, then you're also likely to hear the word "adjustment." They will often say that they needed an "adjustment," or that the "adjustment" really helped. The "adjustment" they are talking about is referring to the chiropractor's action used to realign the vertebrae in the spine or neck.

People often suffer lower back pain when one or more of the vertebrae become misaligned. This can cause a little or a lot of pain, depending on the severity of it and the person who has it.

The misalignment can be caused by many things, such as falls, sports, performing some activity when you are getting older, twisting the body, lifting incorrectly, sciatica, scoliosis, accidents, whiplash, etc. When these things occur and it results in back or neck pain, it is often because pressure is being put on a nerve or on muscles, which causes the pain, and possibly other problems.

A chiropractor will realign the vertebrae through what is called an "adjustment." They know how to put pressure on the spot where the misalignment occurred, and will realign your spinal column. Of course, this should only be done by the experts, and it can often instantly relieve the pain.

The location of the misaligned vertebrae is first seen in an x-ray. The chiropractor may also use a device to detect temperature increases in the spine, which would reveal inflammation. This could be caused by a slight misalignment, which can happen easily when the individual is not in good shape and does not have strong muscles to help keep the vertebrae in place. An injury can also cause it.

Chiropractors can do much more than just deal with back pain. They also help patients get relief from carpal tunnel syndrome, whiplash, headaches, and more. They also do a lot more than just give adjustments, which help a lot of people, but some of them will also provide massage therapy, hydro massage, electrical stimulation, rehabilitation exercises, and possibly acupuncture.

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