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Spinal Adjustments For Treating Back Pain!

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Bachelor of Physiotherapy, MPT sports physiotherapy
Physiotherapist, Delhi  •  16 years experience
Spinal Adjustments For Treating Back Pain!

A backache is one of the most common conditions affecting 8 out of 10 people at some point during their lives due to a sedentary lifestyle, not maintaining proper posture, etc. The lower back is the area most often affected.

Chiropractic treatment usually involves treatment of common lower back pain conditions as well as treatment of lumbar herniated disc, radiculopathy and neck pain, and other conditions, manually. It is used for the non-surgical treatment of disorders of the nervous system and/or musculoskeletal system. Chiropractic treatment plan is driven by the patient's pain, disability issues, and activity intolerance.

What Is Chiropractic therapy?
Chiropractors use hands-on spinal manipulation and other alternative treatments, for proper alignment of the body's musculoskeletal structure, especially the spine. This enables the body to heal itself without surgery or medication.

Manipulation is used to restore mobility to joints restricted by tissue injury caused by a traumatic event, such as falling, or repetitive stress, such as sitting without proper back support.

Chiropractic therapy is primarily used as a pain relief alternative for muscles, joints, bones, and connective tissue, such as cartilage, ligaments, and tendons. It is sometimes used in conjunction with conventional medical treatment.

Chiropractic Therapy consists of the following:
Spinal manipulation and manual manipulation: It is also commonly known as "Chiropractic adjustment". This is a technique where a high-velocity, short lever arm thrust is applied to an abnormal vertebra. This helps in improving function, reducing nerve irritability and restoring range of motion in the back. It also includes exercise, massage, and physical therapy that can provide mild-to-moderate relief from low-back pain. It is a safe treatment for low-back pain when performed by a trained and licensed practitioner.

Mobilization: It is also known as "Chiropractic mobilization". It refers to low-velocity manipulation, movement and stretching of the muscles and joints, with the goal of increasing the range of motion within those areas.
Manual adjustments: Here the doctor manipulates the joints, using a controlled, sudden force to improve the range and quality of motion.
Nutritional counseling and exercise /rehabilitation: Most often, it is also included in the treatment plan.

Steps of the treatment include:
Taking a detailed medical history including ongoing medical conditions:

  • Traumatic/surgical history
  • Lifestyle factors
  • Current medications
  • Physical examination
  • Laboratory investigations or diagnostic imaging to determine if treatment is appropriate for your back pain

Benefits and Risks of Chiropractic Care:
It is a safe and effective treatment for acute low back pain or sudden injury that results from moving furniture or getting tackled.

Limitations of Chiropractic treatment:
People suffering from the following conditions should not undergo spinal manipulation:

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