Chiropractic care for back pain
Chiropractic care is one of the most effective and most frequently sought-after treatments for back pain. A chiropractor uses a range of treatments to best treat your particular symptoms and their underlying cause. Soft tissue massage can be a helpful addition to the essence of chiropractic care: spinal adjustment.
How do chiropractic treatments alleviate your back pain?
Your chiropractor will ask you questions about your back pain symptoms and how you would like to see them resolved, followed by a range of lifestyle questions to look at factors influencing and potentially causing your back pain. Your chiropractor then uses a hands-on approach to check the alignment of your spine. Where necessary, they will perform a gentle manipulation to bring your spine or other joints back into alignment. A straighter spine leads to improved blood flow, improved posture, less pressure on related joints, ligaments and muscles, resulting in a healthier body and less back pain.
What key health problems are best treated by chiropractic care?
Any back pain that has been present for less than three months can be successfully treated with chiropractic care, as can any flare-ups of chronic back pain. Anyone experiencing neck and shoulder tension, bad posture, or lower back pain can benefit immensely from a chiropractor’s assessment, advice, and careful adjustments. Nerve pain and a lack of movement in joints (knee, elbow, shoulder, or hip) can be explained and relieved by adjustment and a gentle exorcise regime that your chiropractor will customize for you. Especially where there is nerve pain, or any sharp pain associated with a particular, every-day movement of limbs, it is very important that you see a chiropractor quickly, before the problem becomes worse and more difficult to reverse.
How many sessions will you require?
You will usually need to attend several sessions to fully correct your back pain, but you should feel immediate improvement. The problems causing back pain are deep, and frequently complicated by strained muscles that attempted to compensate for spinal misalignment. You will typically have three-ten sessions over several weeks. The first session will be a little bit longer to provide a thorough assessment and follow up treatments much quicker. You can talk about the goals of your treatment and when you can expect a full recovery with your chiropractor during your first treatment.
Some patients experience a little stiffness and soreness in the days after their first few adjustments. This is a normal part of your body responding to a change in position. Even if that position is much healthier than the previous one, muscles still take a little time to relax back to normal. Drink plenty of water and go for lots of walks without any extra weight like a backpack or a dog pulling at a leash.
Who should avoid chiropractic treatment?
People should not seek chiropractic care for the specific areas of their body that are suffering from:
- Bone tumours or fractures
- Extreme arthritis
- Infected joints
- Extreme osteoporosis
The normal screening process conducted by your chiropractor will rule out treatment on any affected areas. It is important to fully inform your chiropractor if you know or suspect any of these issues. Even if you are suffering from one of the above problems, your chiropractor may decide that it is still safe to treat other back pain etc. without interfering with them.