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Using Chiropractic Therapy for Back Pain

Chiropractic therapy is frequently used to treat the symptoms of back pain. Chiropractors work with their hands to bring pain relief and help the body to heal itself. Using manual therapies, these specialists manipulate the spine and related structures to bring relief from back pain.

Chiropractic Adjustment

What is commonly referred to as chiropractic adjustment is the most common form of chiropractic therapy that individuals receive to obtain relief from back pain. This involves the use of rapid or slow thrusts of individual vertebra or of the entire spine to cause a release in built up gases or to increase range of motion and to relieve pain.

Hot and Cold Therapy

Hot and cold treatment is a form of chiropractic therapy that helps alleviate back pain and its causes. By alternating hot and cold packs, pain and any inflammation are reduced while circulation to the area is increased to promote the body's own natural healing process.

Ultrasound and Diathermy

Sound waves or electro-magentic waves are often used to bring heat to internal structures such as soft tissue, joints, and connective tissues. This gives a type of heat massage to the area allowing for a reduction of pain and muscle spasms while increasing blood flow to specific areas to promote healing.

Diet and Exercise

Often the chiropractor will recommend a special diet and exercise program to perform at home. Certain foods or nutritional supplements may be recommended depending on the cause of back pain. Exercises are intended to strengthen and stretch back muscles to help reduce pain and increase range of motion.

Massage

Along with traditional chiropractic manipulation which focuses on the spinal column, a chiropractor may also use massage therapy if soft tissue is involved in any of the pain experienced in the back. Manual manipulation of muscles can reduce inflammation and increase circulation to the area, allowing for the body to heal more rapidly.

Traction

Traction can be performed through massage of the use of other devices intended to decompress the spine. This can help reduce any pressure that is being placed on the nerves due to compressed disks or other factors.

Electrical Stimulation

Through electrical stimulation of muscles or nerves by placement of electrodes to direct the current, chiropractic therapy in this manner can help reduce pain, inflammation, and muscle spasms to specific areas in the back.

Special Concerns

As with any treatment, there are risks to receiving chiropractic care. Conditions may become worse rather than improve. Those with certain health conditions or using certain medications should not receive chiropractic treatment for back pain. Check with your physician.

  

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