How Do Chiropractic Adjustments Treat Back Pain?

Many people seeking treatment for back pain are opting for chiropractic care. A chiropractor is a specially trained healthcare professional, and they offer non-invasive therapy to treat back pain. The treatment focuses on spinal alignment. Achieving proper alignment is a good way to preserve health and well-being.

 

By targeting the spine, chiropractors can use spinal manipulation to provide pain management. The treatment works on the principle that proper spine alignment leads the body to heal itself. Spinal adjustments help to reduce lower back pain.

 

Getting Chiropractic Adjustments


 

Chiropractors use adjustments to apply controlled pressure to a spinal joint. They use their hands or a special instrument to apply the controlled force. This helps to improve spinal motion and physical function.

 

The adjustments are effective for treating:

 

  • Headaches
     

  • Neck pain
     

  • Lower back pain

     

The chiropractor will take the patients’ health history and carry out a physical exam. The chiropractor may recommend extra tests such as an X-ray.

 

Benefits of Chiropractic Adjustments


 

Spinal manipulation or chiropractic adjustments help in the following ways:

 

  • It leads to proper alignment of the musculoskeletal structure
     

  • It allows the body to heal itself
     

  • It does not rely on medication or surgery. A patient can avoid many negative side effects
     

  • It restores mobility to the joints that have been restricted by injury
     

  • It can help to treat tissue injuries caused by falls, repetitive stress, and poor posture

     

Risks of Chiropractic Adjustments


 

The adjustments are safe when performed by a trained and licensed professional. Serious complications from the treatment are very rare. The complications may include herniated disk and compression of spinal nerves.

 

If the chiropractor performs the procedure incorrectly, neck adjustments can lead to a type of stroke. Some people should not get spinal adjustments. This includes those suffering from health conditions like severe osteoporosis.

 

During the Adjustment Procedure


 

During the procedure, the patient will rest face down on a special table. The chiropractor will then use their hands to apply controlled force to the targeted joint. The sudden force will push the joint beyond the usual motion range.

 

This action will produce audible cracking or popping sounds as the chiropractor moves the joints. The procedure is comfortable for most patients. However, some people can experience some minor effects after the treatment. The effects can include fatigue, headaches, and pain in the treated area.

 

Results of Chiropractic Adjustments


 

Chiropractic adjustments are effective for treating back pain. Studies suggest that the therapy can help to treat different spine-related conditions. Some of these conditions include neck pain and headaches. Patients looking for a safe, non-invasive treatment can choose this option.

 

However, not everyone responds to spinal manipulation positively. The results will depend on the particular situation. If symptoms do not improve within a few weeks, the therapy may not be the right option for a particular patient.


 

For more on treating back pain or to schedule an appointment, call Charleston Chiropractic Associates at our office in Charleston, South Carolina at (843) 225-4357 today.

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