One most common complaints among adults today is lower back pain. This can be caused by a lot of different things, from chronic health issues affecting the spine or through simple poor habits acquired over time. Not all of us are careful when bending and lifting and poor sitting or standing postures can cause more damage to your spine and back muscles than you might think. A popular non-invasive medical procedure that has become a favored way to treat these complaints is the chiropractic method of spinal adjustment.
Why Opt For It?
The main goal of any chiropractor adjustment is to alleviate the patient’s pain, as well as improving the body’s normal functions including walking, standing and sitting. It has been proven that a spinal adjustment can alleviate not only chronic lower back pain but also neck pain and headaches. It is a safe and effective way to immediately alleviate pain and restore the body back to a more normal range of movement, without resorting to expensive and risky surgical procedures.
Chiropractic treatments and methods are based on the belief that the human body has the asset of being able to heal itself in some truly powerful and natural ways. By careful manipulation of the basic structure of the body, the bones, muscles and joints, a chiropractor can help restore the body’s natural balance and function of that structure, in such a manner that its power of natural healing is triggered.
Who is a Good Candidate?
Not everyone can safely undergo a chiropractic treatment. If you have back pain and a fever, for example, it is advisable to seek advice from your primary physician before seeking chiropractic help. A fever indicates that your body may be in pain because it is fighting off an infection of some kind. If you have ever had an injury to your spine that required surgery, it is advised that you clear it with your surgeon or primary physician before seeking any chiropractic treatment, just to be safe.
In general, anyone who has not had surgical repair to the spine or been diagnosed with a spine related illness can be a candidate for a chiropractic adjustment. People with conditions from normal aging such as osteoporosis or diabetic complications like neuropathy, may want to check with their normal doctor first just to be sureisstill a viable candidate.
What Happens During the Treatment
During this chiropractic adjustment, the chiropractor will gently cause the joints of the spine to stretch by using quick applications of force to manipulate the joints and connecting tissues. Often, a popping sound will occur during this stretching, indicating that atmosphere bubbles that sometimes form in the fluid around the joints have been eliminated by the manipulations, reducing the pressure on the joints themselves. The pops are usually nothing to concern yourself with and are entirely normal.
One of the first things most patients notice immediately after receiving a spinal adjustment is that the lower back pain they had been feeling has been significantly reduced, if not completely alleviated. One thing to keep in mind however, is that while your range of motion has been increased thanks to the stretching and removing pressure on the joints, there may still be some residual pain and tightness in the connecting tissues and muscles. The use of hot or cold packs will help ease that tightness and it is recommended that patients not overdo physical activity for some time. The chiropractor will probably give advice on stretching exercise between treatments to improve your flexibility, as well.