Although in the past seeking chiropractic care for back pain relief was seen as a last resort, nowadays chiropractors have become the first line of defense against many back conditions.
When it comes to noninvasive and natural methods in assisting in pain relief, nothing is quite as effective as chiropractic care.
Chiropractic treatment not only works as a cure for your back pain but it also prevents it from spreading further damage.
Understanding Low Back Pain
Before you understand why you need to see a chiropractor for lower back pain, let’s first try to give you a better understanding of lower back pain itself.
Low back pain is generally referred to as lumbago. There are a couple of principles to keep in mind when trying to understand lumbago:
First, the amount of pain you feel in your lower back does not reflect the extent of physical damage. For example, even a simple pulled muscle can be the cause of unbearable pain. On the other hand, a herniated spinal disc can be painless.
Second, lumbago is often very difficult to diagnose. Many anatomical structures are interwoven with each other to make the structure of the spine, which is overlapped by the nervous system which is why it is hard to distinguish one problem from another.
We already know lumbago is very difficult to diagnose. So how do to chiropractors conduct their initial diagnosis?
They base their diagnosis on two factors:
- Type of Back Pain. An overall evaluation is taken to identify the type of back pain and its traits as dictated by the patient.
- Area of Pain Distribution. This includes the description of where the pain is being felt by the patient. Is the pain only felt in the lower back? If there is any accompanying leg pain, does the pain spread through the whole body? And similar questions.
Correct diagnosis of lower back pain is very crucial as there may be red flags which need to be addressed immediately. Some of these include weakness in legs, loss of bladder or bowel control, and severe numbness. If these symptoms are not present a conservative treatment is enough for lumbago.
When you visit your chiropractor for the first time it’s important that you ask questions and clear any doubts that you may have.
Again, when getting chiropractic care for back pain relief you should tell your chiropractor if the method he is using is making you uncomfortable since there are a multitude of other methods for back pain therapy.
Chiropractic Care for Lower Back Pain Relief
Let’s now take a look at some of the techniques chiropractors use for adjustments of lower back pain:
1. Spinal Manipulation
This is a very common method that chiropractors use for back pain. This treatment also goes by spinal manipulative therapy or spinal adjustment, and it is a technique is used to bring the spine back into alignment without surgical procedures.
Spinal manipulation involves an application of controlled force on joints bearing movement restricting injured tissue. Spinal manipulation is the basis of chiropractic care.
Some of the spinal adjustments techniques chiropractors use are as follows:
Direct thrust technique: When a chiropractor uses a strong force to return misaligned portions of the spine to their proper place.
Articular manipulation: In this technique, the joints are manipulated through their complete range of motion to improve mobility.
Functional technique: Here pressure is applied to a tight joint until a release is felt.
Muscle energy: In this technique the patients participate by resisting in the opposite direction the chiropractor puts force in.
Sometimes chiropractors will employ spinal adjustments in conjunction with therapeutic massage.
This includes Active Release Technique (ART) and trigger point therapy. In ART, scar tissue that has developed in soft tissue or muscle is broken down. The trigger point technique works on the same principle; here muscle knots which are formed due to overuse are released.
3. Physical Therapy
Physical therapy is helpful for patients after they go through spinal adjustments. This helps patients strengthen the core, stomach, and back muscles so that their spines remain aligned and healthy.
Tools for Chiropractic Care for Back Pain Relief
A chiropractor uses various tools for chiropractic adjustments related to back pain relief. Here are a few of the most common to expect:
Traction Table. These tables help to create decompression, relieving stress on the spine. They are automated but also can be used manually and look similar to massage tables.
Heat Lamps. These infrared lamps help to loosen muscles by warming them up, which helps in spinal adjustments.
Roller Tables. These tables have rollers built in them which move up and down the spine to help relieve the stress on the spine.
Activator Adjusting Instrument. These handheld machines apply a very light force in order to return mobility to a specific part of the spine.
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