Did you know that an estimated 22 million Americans turn to chiropractic treatments to relieve back pain every year? Of these, 22% or 7.7 million turn to alternative treatments to heal injuries from sports and accidents.
What is Chiropractic Treatment?
Chiropractic is an alternative pain management treatment that utilizes hands-on spinal manipulation to correct the musculoskeletal structure of the body. The treatment is meant to trigger the body’s ability to heal itself without taking drugs or going through surgery. The manipulation of the spine is geared towards restoring mobility to the joints and healing the tissues caused by trauma.
The treatment is based on three components, each one works in conjunction with the other. One is to improve the structure of certain body parts to restore harmony. The other component is to develop better function and mobility to allow the body to heal on its own. The final component is to believe that the body is able to heal itself to reduce chronic or recurring pain.
Chiropractic treatments ease pains rooted from repetitive stress or sports injuries. It can strengthen a weak spine and correct bad posture. The treatment is primarily used as a pain reliever for the muscles, joints, and bones. It can also ease pain from damaged connective tissues including the cartilage, ligaments, and tendons. Some patients also incorporate chiropractic treatments with conventional medical treatments for faster recovery. Apart from manipulating the spine, a chiropractor will develop a nutritional plan, exercise, and rehabilitation treatments to achieve the desired results.
Different Types of Chiropractic Treatments
There are two types of chiropractic treatment: manipulation treatment and soft tissue treatment.
This treatment is applied on joints that lack mobility. It works by applying a sudden yet controlled force on the joint to “pop” the joints back into action. The popping sound produced is not generated by snapping or tearing bones but the popping of an air pocket in the synovial fluid. The synovial fluid is a fluid that lubricates and absorbs friction between joints. As force is applied on the joints, the range of motion and mobility of the limbs improves. This treatment can ease pain, relieve muscle tightness and allow the tissues to heal.
Studies show that spinal manipulation offers the most effective short-term treatment for painful joints. An average initial treatment has a lasting effect anywhere between 12 to 18 months. If the pain returns, a chiropractor can simply add pressure to the affected area again.
Soft Tissue Treatment
Soft tissue treatment is focused on healing muscle and connective tissue disorders. It’s usually administered through deep tissue massage and stretching. The motion is meant to strengthen the muscles, ease pain and reduce the stiffness of the connective tissues. Soft tissue treatments aim to improve joint movement and boost the range of motion painlessly.
A chiropractor can combine spinal adjustment techniques with other alternative treatments. These treatments include heat or ice treatment, rehabilitation exercise, dietary supplements, and electrical stimulation to manage pain. Your chiropractor may also offer counseling to ease pain and stimulate natural healing.