For people seeking relief from pain, many alternatives are available. One of the most common treatments is chiropractic care. Around 22 million Americans visit chiropractors every year. Of these, 7.7 million seek pain relief from accidents, muscle strains, and sports injuries. Back, neck, leg and headache pain are also sought by chiropractors.
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractors manipulate the spine through alternative methodologies to relieve pain. The theory behind chiropractic care is that the manipulation of the spine will enable the body to heal itself without invasive surgery or medication. Restoring mobility to stressed joints and tissues is the end goal of chiropractic care.
Pain relief for muscles, bones, connective tissues, cartilage, ligaments and tendons, is easily found through a series of chiropractic sessions. Chiropractic professionals are identified by the initial “DC”, which identify their education and certification. They are required to go through an undergraduate degree plus four years of chiropractic college.
How is Chiropractic Used for Back Pain?
Before treatment, a chiropractor will conduct a physical examination and go through your medical history. Lab tests may also be administered to determine the right treatment option. Your treatment plan would include manual adjustments where the doctor will manipulate joints using a controlled force that improves range of motion. Some chiropractors also infuse nutritional counseling and exercise to provide a more holistic approach to back pain relief.
Benefits and Risks of Chiropractic Care
Spinal manipulation and chiropractic care is considered to be a safe, effective treatment for low back pain. This is primarily used to treat acute pain caused by injuries. It typically lasts no more than six weeks and gets better on its own, but chiropractic care can speed that process up.
Other problems such as neck pain and headaches along with osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia respond well to moderate pressure and deep tissue massage.