Chiropractic Therapy

What is Chiropractic Therapy?

If you have been suffering from chronic back pain or neck pain for a long time, you may get relief through chiropractic therapy. It is a manual process where the trained chiropractors use their hands to diagnose and treat neuromuscular disorders. The focus of the therapy is to adjust or manipulate the spine manually. 

The therapists apply techniques to manipulate the alignment of the body. This particular therapy concentrates on the structure of your body, especially the spinal cord. It will improve physiological functions and allow the body to heal from within.

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Types of Chiropractic Therapy: 

Chiropractors will manipulate the spinal structure through moving and jolting the joints, exercise, massages, and physical therapies. The process also improves neural functions. There are ten different types of chiropractic therapies that will relieve the pressure on your joints and reduce inflammations. 

  1. Therapeutic Stretching
  2. Therapeutic Exercises
  3. Soft tissue Manual Therapy 
  4. Ice and Heat
  5. Spinal Traction
  6. Diet and Nutritional Counseling
  7. Lifestyle Modification

Know about the Risks of the Chiropractic Therapy

The procedure is safe only when you visit a trained professional who holds the license to deliver chiropractic care. Complications arising from the therapy are rare. Still, you should know about the possibilities. 

  • Herniated disk or deterioration of existing disk herniation
  • Possibility of strokes after neck manipulation
  • Nerve compression in the lower spinal section

Research shows that spinal manipulation and proper chiropractic care are safe as long as the professionals perform the procedures. 

Benefits of Chiropractic Therapy

When you take the call of undergoing a chiropractic procedure, you must make the decision after knowing about the benefits that you can enjoy. 

  • The therapy stimulates innate healing of spinal or neck injuries.
  • Migraines and neck-related headaches cause much pain. The therapy is beneficial to prevent such pains. 
  • Whiplash injuries arising from accidents become a continuous source of pain until you meet the chiropractor. 
  • Forget joint pains in the legs, arms, and shoulders with the right manipulation. 
  • Moderate pressure application through deep tissue massage can alleviate the pain if you have osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia.

Overall, chiropractic therapy helps to avoid medications and other treatments and trigger your own body to heal. For chronic pains, the medicines are just for temporary relief. If you want to rectify the internal issue instead of trying to suppress the pain and other associated problems, then the therapy is ideal. 

Conditions for Chiropractic Therapy

Although chiropractic therapy is a safe procedure, it is better not to seek chiropractic adjustment under a few conditions. Here is the complete list of the conditions. 

  • Avoid joint manipulation if you have severe osteoporosis. As you take blood-thinning medicines, the procedure won't have the expected impact.
  • The procedure is not for patients with spinal cancer.
  • If you are in the high-risk category for having strokes, it will be feasible to avoid chiropractic. 
  • Don't undergo the treatment if you feel numbness, tingling sensation, or loss of strength in the limbs. 
  • The therapy won't work if you have a known abnormality in the bone of the upper neck. 

How to prepare for the therapy

basic physical preparations are sufficient for the treatment. But you have to prepare yourself for undergoing the adjustments mentally.

  • The chiropractor will interrogate your present health condition.
  • A thorough physical examination is mandatory as the chiropractor will study the spinal condition. 
  • You may have to undergo tests and X-rays.
  • CT Scans are helpful for the detailed picturization of the internal body structures. 
  • Chiropractors can also suggest MRI scanning to generate pictures of the body. 

Recovery: What happens after chiropractic therapy

Many people claim that they have felt immediate relief from the chronic pain just after the treatment. The chief aim of the chiropractor will be to restore the healthy state for the long term instead of giving you short-term relief. So the therapist will ask about your recovery stage only after you live throughout the day. It will include regular actions like walking, sitting, standing, and sleeping. So you can report any pain after leading a regular life.

Related therapies

Chiropractors often recommend other therapies along with chiropractic therapy. Such therapies usually include:

  • Icing or heat therapy. Ice therapy will reduce the swelling and control the pain immediately after an injury. Heat therapy will relax the muscles and improve blood circulation.
  • Stress management and muscle relaxation procedures as the manipulation exert stress on the structural framework.
  • Advice on maintaining accurate nutrition with suitable diet plans.
  • Weight management processes and general health maintenance.
  • Applying Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulators or TENS for muscular electrical stimulation.
  • Exercises and stretches.

A combination of the chiropractic procedure and the necessarily related therapies will help get permanent relief from chronic pain. Thus, the therapy is gaining quick popularity among people of all ages.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. When to call the doctor after therapy?
If you have just undergone chiropractic therapy, you must watch out for unusual symptoms like weakness, worsening of pain, or numb feeling in parts of the body. If you feel any of these, you should immediately call the doctor for further evaluation.
2. How do chiropractors adjust the spinal structure?
The process of chiropractic adjustment is an art. The skilled therapists apply specific and controlled force in a particular direction to the spinal joints, which don't move properly or are "locked up." It will re-align the spinal cord, relieving undue stress on the nerves in case of significant misalignments.
3. When to visit a chiropractor?
Chiropractors are experts in caring for patients with neck pain, back pain, and headaches. If you have suffered from sports injuries or disorders involving ligaments, muscles, and joints, you should visit the therapist. Chiropractic care will stimulate faster pain relief and internal healing.
4. Why do you hear popping sounds sometimes?
The noises resembling popping sounds are indications that the joints are releasing tiny air pockets. The adjustment affects the connective tissue ad not the bones on either side of the joint.

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