As a non-invasive pain relief alternative, chiropractic treatment helps patients with muscles, joints, bones, and connective tissue related pain. In many cases, the treatment provides better results when used in combination with traditional medicines.
Back, lower back, and neck pains commonly stem from misalignment in the body's musculoskeletal structure, especially spine. Chiropractic neck pain treatment, along with the treatment of back pain, involves hands-on manipulation, which allows the body to heal naturally without any surgical intervention. Injuries caused by falling; repetitive stress, including sitting for long hours without proper back support; or a traumatic event -- all can be healed with the help of a chiropractor.
A chiropractor follows medically proven ways, which involves the study of the medical history of a person, a physical examination, and sometimes, diagnostic imaging, for determining an appropriate treatment regime. The treatment plan, other than the manual manipulation of the muscles and joints, may also involve exercise, rehabilitation, and nutritional counseling for improving efficacy. As the process is natural, the body, with proper guidance, heals the source of a pain, unlike conventional medications, which provide temporary relief by blocking the sensation of pain.
People with the following problems can get relief by consulting a back or lower back pain chiropractor:
- Mild inter-vertebral disc injuries
- Sprain injuries in the cervical and lumbar area
- Joint syndrome, which also involves degenerative diseases
- Standard joint sprain
- Whiplash injury due to vehicular accident
Treatment Techniques Used by Chiropractors
Based on the requirement, a neck or back pain chiropractor can use a technique or a combination of techniques and therapies to provide relief:
Flexion Distraction Technique
Also known as Cox method, this technique is used to increase the spinal motion for resolving disc bulges and herniations. It involves spinal manipulation by hands, including a pumping action. It helps to decrease pressure on the nerves, which usually is the source of pain in lower back. The technique is also a useful treatment option for sciatica, arthritis, lower back stiffness, spondylolisthesis, sprain, and scoliosis.
It involves manual stretching of joints, which reduces neck pain and related pain. The technique may also include a hand held instrument that assists in the manipulation of muscles and connective tissues. Sometimes, mild thrusting motions are used for restoring joint movement.
Instrument-Assisted Soft-Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)
A number of tools made from wood, ceramic, plastics, and stones are used in this technique, which helps a chiropractor to locate soft-tissue dysfunction and treat it. This is an effective method for alleviating problems related to pain during motion, limited motion, and muscle activation and coordination.
Inferential Electrical Stimulation
Low-frequency waves penetrate into deeper muscle tissues and stimulate the muscles, which help to alleviate pain and speed up the self-healing process. Similarly, ultrasound waves are used for reducing stiffness and pain muscles around joints.
One of the oldest practices to relieve pain, therapeutic massage, involves an array of motions, including rubbing, pressing, and manipulation of muscles and soft tissues with fingers and hands.
A lower back pain or neck pain chiropractor, based on the diagnosis, can decide to follow any of the above-mentioned methods and techniques, and many others.