Chiropractors are healthcare professionals that focus primarily on the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular disorders through manual adjustment and manipulation of the spine. The main goal of the chiropractor is to reduce pain and improve the functionality of their patients, as well as to educate them on how they can account for their own health via exercise, ergonomics, and other therapies to treat the back pain they are having. Chiropractors as working professionals acknowledge the intimate relationship between the nervous system and the spine, and believe that biochemical and structural derangement of the spine can cause negative reactions in the nervous system. Chiropractors provide treatments that can restore the structural integrity of the spine, relieve some of the pressure on sensitive neurological tissue, and consequently improve the health of the individual.
Manual therapies used largely by chiropractors have proven to be very effective in the treatment of lower back pain, of what’s commonly referred to as a lumbar herniated disc for radiculopathy (or a pinched nerve), of neck pain, and various other conditions. When patients with non-specific low back pain are treated by chiropractors, they will find that long-term results are actually enhanced by achieving maintenance spinal manipulation after initial intensive manipulative therapy. Two of the core chiropractic treatments used to relieve common back pain conditions are achieved through manual therapy. These include spinal manipulation and manual manipulation, and mobilization. Spinal manipulation and manual manipulation refers to a high-velocity, short lever arm thrust being applied to abnormal vertebra to improve functionality, reduce nerve irritability, and restore range of motion in the back. This practice is also comonly referred to as “chiropractic adjustment”. Many published guidelines recommend chiropractic manipulation as a component in a treatment plan early in the care of lower back pain. Chiropractic mobilization refers to low velocity manipulation, movement, and stretching of the muscles and joints, with the primary goal of increasing range of motion within those areas.
Here’s what to expect at your first chiropractic visit: