Article: Chiropractic Treatments
A chiropractic adjustment, or manipulation, is a common therapeutic treatment for lower back pain.
A chiropractic adjustment refers to a chiropractor applying a force to the vertebrae that have abnormal movement patterns or don’t function normally.
The objective of chiropractic treatment is to reduce subluxation, with the goal of increasing range of motion, reducing nerve irritability and improving function.
A chiropractic adjustment involves:
- A high velocity, low force thrust to a vertebra in a very specific direction.
- Sometimes, an audible release of gas (joint cavitation) that is caused by the release of oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide, which releases joint pressure (cavitation).
- A reduction in pain most of the time, although minor discomfort has been reported (that usually is short duration) if the surrounding muscles are in spasm or if the patient tenses up during manipulation.
It should be known that joint cavitation, or the sound does not occur at times, typically as a result of muscle spasm or the patient not being able to relax during the chiropractic adjustment. If the patient is in discomfort, the chiropractor can apply ice, or do electrical stimulation and massage therapy before adjusting.
There are many different techniques that chiropractors use, and there is a fit for every person. It is perhaps more important to find a chiropractor who has the expertise in the specific technique that they utilize and a good bedside manner.
The most common bad reaction is aching or soreness in the spinal joints or muscles. If this aching or soreness occurs, it is usually immediate and does not endure longer than 24 hours. Using an ice pack often reduces the aching fairly quickly.
The focus on joint manipulation is what makes doctors of chiropractic unique. However, chiropractors may manage a patient’s care with many drugless therapies. Other treatments that chiropractors have training in and may choose to provide are physiotherapy, hot/cold therapy, ultrasound, cold therapy laser, traction therapy, massage therapy, bracing, exercises, lifestyle management, ergonomics, dietary advice and others.
Your doctor of chiropractic can design a plan to help with your specific spinal issues and goals while considering all other conditions present.