Chiropractic care involves hands-on spinal manipulation and other alternative treatments. Such treatments promote the proper alignment of your musculoskeletal structure that enables the body to heal itself without medication or surgery. Manipulation restores mobility to joints restricted by tissue injury that result from a traumatic event, such as repetitive stress, falling, or sitting without proper back support.
Chiropractic care is primarily chosen as a pain relief alternative for joints, muscles, bones, and connective tissue, such as ligaments, cartilage, and tendons. At times, it is used in conjunction with conventional medical treatment.
A chiropractor will first take a medical history, perform a physical examination, and at times use diagnostic imaging and lab tests to determine if chiropractic treatment is appropriate for your back pain. The treatment plan that is recommended will involve one or more manual adjustments. During these treatments, your doctor manipulates the joints, by using a controlled, sudden force to improve quality and range of motion.
Most chiropractors also include exercise/rehabilitation and nutritional counseling in your treatment. The goals of chiropractic care are the prevention of injury and restoration of function in addition to back pain relief.
Chiropractic care is considered an effective and safe treatment for acute lower back pain. It is also helpful in treating headaches, neck pain and certain chronic conditions like fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis which respond well to deep tissue massage.
People who have spinal cord compression, osteoporosis, take blood-thinning medications or have inflammatory arthritis should not undergo spinal manipulation. Patients with a history of cancer should first get clearance from their medical doctor before undergoing spinal manipulation.
Your chiropractor should be well informed regarding your medical history, including medications, ongoing medical conditions, lifestyle factors and current traumatic/surgical history.
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