If you are experiencing back pain and you seem to have exhausted all home remedy options you may want to consider visiting a chiropractor for a chiropractic adjustment. Chiropractors are dedicated to offering non-surgical treatments that typically focus on the upper, mid and lower back, neck pain, joint pains and headaches. Chiropractic adjustment involves moving joints beyond usually range of motion (but not beyond the joints designed range of motion). The goal of the adjustment is to relieve pain while improving your body’s functionality. Hands-on chiropractic care encompasses many facets.
Perhaps you may be interested in mobilization which is a low velocity movement, stretching and manipulation of joints and muscles that is done to increase range of motion in affected joints. This method of chiropractic care is not very painful and produces likable results.
Spinal and manual manipulation is a bit more intense and refers to a high-velocity arm thrust that is applied to abnormal vertebrae. The purpose of this form of care is to reduce nerve irritability while restoring range of motion in the back. Spinal and manual manipulation also looks to improve functionality.
Nearly everyone at some point will experience back pain (namely lower back pain) so treatment is always evolving. Chiropractic adjustment has been proven to offer mild to moderate relief from lower back pain and in some cases it has been proven to be more effective than treatments that tend to be more invasive.
Chiropractic adjustments are safe when performed by licensed professionals, but as with most medical treatments, there are a few risks. Some Patients have reported that a few days after chiropractic adjustment they have experienced headaches, fatigue and in some cases there have been continuing pain from previously treated injuries.
Serious risks that can be a factor of chiropractic adjustment include complications such as a compression of nerves in the in the lower spinal column, also known as cauda equina syndrome, which can lead to pain, loss of feeling, tingling or numbness in the legs, weakness and in extreme cases loss of bowel or bladder control.
Please be careful before going to see a chiropractor for chiropractic adjustment treatment. You may want to get a referral from a physician before undergoing this procedure. If fever, chills, weight loss or sweats are included with your back pain, this could be an indication of something more severe like an infection or tumor so a physician should be consulted. If you’ve had any spinal surgeries in the past you should check with your surgeon before chiropractic adjustment. Do not seek chiropractic adjustment if you have any signs of nerve damage or if you’ve struggled with osteoporosis.
Keep in mind that there are cases where you chiropractor will recommended additional treatments to accompany your chiropractic adjustment. This could include home remedies for back pain such as stretching, getting a deep massage, resting, strength building exercises, an application of heat and ice to affected areas, electrical stimulation and/or dietary supplements.
Results may vary with chiropractic adjustments so check with your physician to be sure that this is best method for your condition.
Written By: Updated: June 28,2011